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Volume 9  •  Issue 16  •  April 25 – May 1, 2014

Balloon Fest Set for Saratoga Photo Provided

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SCR’s Big Week

Featured Stories

- $300 Million East Greenbush Casino Bid - Planned $30 Million Local Expansion Submitted To State

“When one door closes another door opens…”

BALLSTON SPA — Hot air balloons will take flight the weekend of June 20 and highlight the first ever Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival. The colorful and artistic event, run by Craftproducers, will be at the Saratoga Fair Grounds, starting Friday, June 20 and running through Sunday night, June 22. In addition to the 20-plus hot air balloons with four liftoffs, there will also be a night of the Balloon Glow, or “Moon Glow.” “At sunset, balloons will be lit so you can see the colors of the balloons against the darkness of the night sky,” said Saratoga County Fairgrounds General Manager Jeff Townsend. The gathering of 15 hot air balloons inflating and coming to life at night amidst the Saratoga Fair Ground’s landscape will kick off the first night. If weather doesn’t allow for the Balloon Glow on Friday night, it will be moved to Saturday.

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Never has the above expression been truer for Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) than this week.

In a dramatic announcement on Tuesday, April 22 that could prove to have extensive regional economic implications, SCR revealed plans for a $300 million world-class destination resort casino in the Thompson Hill area in the Town of East Greenbush. The Rensselaer County site has strategic proximity to Albany,

the entire Capital Region and, via access to nearby interstate highways, the entire Northeast. At the same time, plans are proceeding with a local $30 million expansion on the SCR grounds. This plan had been originally announced on May 28, 2013 and had been billed as See SCR pg. 13

Malta Ethics See Story pg. 15

“It’s Never too late for Healing” See Story pg. 8, 9

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obits


Rendering of proposed hotel at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Vapor Nite Club appears at right.

by Brian Cremo Saratoga TODAY

Invitational Set to be Biggest Yet

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 17th annual Saratoga Invitational will feature the first ever 10-lane regatta course in the United States and the highest number of boats ever hosted at the event. Saratoga Rowing Association Regatta Director Chris Chase See SRA pg. 39



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Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

The Washington County Fiber Tour


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Local and Natural for over Twenty Years

WASHINGTON COUNTY For twenty-two years, the Washington County Fiber Tour, which takes place this year on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 - 27, has been a showcase for local specialty farms. Fiber Tour members raise some of the highest quality sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits in the area, and operate a premier fiber processing and spinning mill, as well as a highly regarded dairy-sheep farm. This free explore-it-yourself tour takes place rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. It is a unique opportunity for the the public, fiber artists and farmers to explore an amazing array of fiber farms, all within less than an hour of each other, and located in one of the most bucolic counties in New York State. The 15 farms on the Tour have contributed to a renaissance in natural and sustainable textile arts, and a broadening of agricultural businesses in the County, where in the 1800s wool production dominated the landscape. The farms are fully part of the web of agriculture in Washington County by offering locally grown and made products for sale, by conducting educational activities and by supporting other local agricultural businesses. On the Tour are farms that raise luxury and exquisite fibers such as wool from Merino and Cormo sheep, fibers from Cashmere and Angora goats, soft fleeces from alpacas and fluffy fiber Angora rabbits. Six of the farms raise Romney sheep, a dual purpose breed known its silky long wool. Visit the five farms that raise very friendly alpacas, which also produce an especially soft and valuable fleece. Lunch is available at the Dancing Ewe’s sheep dairy farm.

Enjoy the fun activities such as cart goat driving at St. Mary’s onthe-Hill Cashmere, sheep shearing at Ensign Brook Farm, sheepdog herding, and finger puppets for children. Tour the centrally located Battenkill Carding and Spinning Mill, and learn about antique spinning wheels at Crazy Legs Farm. The farms on the Fiber Tour add to the diversity of agriculture in Washington County, and through grazing and hay making maintain about 750 acres in agricultural production. Elihu Farm in Easton is a conserved farm with a federally protected wetland. If it were not for Tour members’ enterprises, much of this land, because it is not suited to the County’s large-scale dairy

production, might have otherwise returned to scrub or woodland, or been turned into housing developments. Several members operate multi-purpose farms, in addition to producing fiber. Many farms offer sales of breeding stock, unprocessed and processed fiber products, cuts of meat to take home, and Tuscan-style cheeses. Fiber products include freshly shorn fleeces, and a wide variety of quality handcrafted items such as designer yarn at Quarry Ridge Alpacas, felted scarves at Alpacas of Haven Hill and beautifully dyed and blended Merino-Mohair yarn at Blind Buck Angoras. For more information, visit


week in Review Ballston Reserve Workforce Housing To Go Up near Luther Forest Tech Park

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BALLSTON SPA—Governor Andrew Cuomo’s affordable housing plan awarded the NRP Group, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, $3,326,493 for the construction of 52 units of town of Ballston workforce housing. The housing is to be called Ballston Reserve and is to be located four miles from the Luther Forest Technology Park. The Ballston Reserve is to give employment and educational opportunities for households with incomes of up to 60 percent of the area median income. The more than $95 million in awards will create and preserve nearly 2,100 units of affordable housing statewide. The funds were available through the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Unified Funding Application, a single-source process to apply for several funding streams for affordable multifamily developments.

During the Unified Funding process, HCR is making awards to 37 separate projects in each of the state’s 10 economic development regions.

Saratoga $5 million Library Budget Approved SARATOGA SPRINGS — Voters approved a $5 million 2014-15 budget and elected a new trustee Thursday, April 15. The vote tallied 224 in favor of the budget and 44 against. The $5,053,000 budget is a 2 percent increase over the previous fiscal year’s budget. Income from sources other than local property taxes, such as fines, grants and donations, is $556, 000. The tax-rate impact on residential properties is to be finalized by August. Funds for the library are collected when school taxes are collected and appear as a separate item on tax bills. Darren Drabek of Saratoga Springs ran unopposed as the library’s trustee to fill Jennifer Armstron’s seat when her term expires July 31.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

GlobalFoundries Hosts Advanced Manufacturing Conference with RPI MALTA—GlobalFoundries and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) co-hosted manufacturing conference this week as a regional component to President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 initiative. The advanced manufacturing initiative is to support emerging technologies and generate manufacturing jobs nationwide. Both GlobalFoundries’ senior advisor Ajit Manocha and RPI’s president Shirley Ann Jackson sit on the national steering committee for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 initiative.

Priest Arrested For Inappropriate Behavior With A Minor BALLSTON SPA — A priest belonging to the Albany Catholic Diocese has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child when he engaged in inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old female. Thirty-year-old James Michael Taylor allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct with the teenager through physical contact, phone calls, texts and pictures between October 2013 and April 2014. The office of the district attorney thinks that there may be more victims that will result in more charges pending as this type

of case usually follow a course of victimizing children. Taylor has been set free of his own recognizance and will be due back in Clifton Park Town Court at a later date while the investigation is ongoing.

Mother And Son Killed in Major Car Crash SARATOGA SPRINGS — A mother and son are dead after their car veered off the road and hit a tree in Saratoga County. While heading west on Burgoyne Avenue, toward Haynes Road, the driver allegedly lost control, spiraled off the road and hit a tree resulting in the fatality of 30-year-old Mervyn Albert of Schenectady and his 56-year-old mother Angeli Persuad also from Schnectady. Police report that the driver was driving at a high speed. Local residents living near the site of the crash say that speeding is a common problem on this road. They also report that a four way stop sign intersection was created in an attempt keep drivers from speeding, but it has proved to be unsuccessful.

The Fresh Market to Open May 14 SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Fresh Market will open its second Capital Region store May 14 at 52 Marion Avenue in The Hamlet at Saratoga Shopping Center. The 24,400-square-foot store will open at 8 a.m. with chef demonstrations, food samplings and gift card drawings. The store will have 90 employees. Its first area store is on Route 9 in Latham. The store is the company’s fourth in New York state. It operates 154 stores in 26 states nationwide.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 Michael J. Gunderson, 32, of Summit Avenue in Catskill, was arrested April 15 and charged with attempted grand larceny.

charged with criminal mischief and criminal contempt. Dunn was arrested on a warrant at 9:27 a.m.

Kevin D. Gailor, 27, of Ward Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 15 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, petit larceny and attempted grand larceny. Both Gailor and Gunderson were arrested at 6:06 p.m. It is alleged that Gailor took the keys to a 2005 Saab from Clancy’s Tavern. The two then allegedly attempted to take the Saab from where it was parked, which was the small parking lot at Caroline St and Henry Street. A passerby, who knew the owner of the Saab, observed the two inside the Saab and then alerted the owner of the car as to what was going on. The owner had no idea what was going on and subsequently alerted police. Both Gailor and Gunderson were arrested a short time later before awaiting arraignment.

Frank T. Bragg, 37, of Lake Desolation Road in Middle Grove, was arrested April 17 and charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and improper headlights.

Derek Seth, 19, of Route 50 in Ballston Lake, was arrested April 15 and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21 and petit larceny.

Meghan L. Woodcock, 30, of River Street in Greenwich, was arrested April 17 and charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, passing a red traffic signal light and speeding. Charlotte M. Valentine, 25, of Frasier Road in Greenfield, was arrested April 18 and charged with failure to keep right, DWI, resisting arrest, attempted assault, refusing a prescreen test and improper equipment. Lisa E. Peck, 49, of Harris Road in Waterford, was arrested April 18 and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, driving the wrong way down a one way street, DWI and BAC more than .08 percent.

Luke A. McGee, 24, of Concord Drive in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 15 and charged with criminal tampering.

Nicole M. DeMido, 36, of Spring Road in Delanson, was arrested April 19 and charged with failure to keep right and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Terrance L. Hoesly, 28, of Wilderness Way in Syracuse, was arrested April 15 and charged with aggravated harassment. Hoesly was arrested on a warrant at 9:31 a.m.

Zachary J. Bryant, 20, of Maxwell Drive in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 19 and charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Bryant was arrested on a warrant at 12:20 a.m.

Adam M. Hill, 28, of Gridley Avenue in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 15 and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal nuisance and criminal mischief. Hill was arrested on a warrant at 5:50 a.m., stemming from a March, 17 incident.

James A. Garrity, 55, of Jib Drive in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 19 and charged with assault, resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.

Alysha L. Perez, 25, of Route 9 in Cohoes, was arrested April 16 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and driving at an unreasonable speed. Logan C. Dunn, 16, of Vanderbilt Terrace in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 17 and

Henry J. Williams, 33, of Walworth

Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 20 and charged with criminal mischief. Jerry A. Decarli, 30, of Lawrence Street in Lake Luzerne, was arrested April 20 and charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Patrick J. Londrigan, 25, of William Street in Glens Falls, was arrested April 20 and charged with BAC more than .08 percent, DWI, unsafe lane change and refusing a prescreen test. John A. Polec, 20, of 3rd Street in Albany, was arrested April 20 and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Luc M. Chatelain, 19, of South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 20 and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Sydney C. Ramer, 19, of Crestline Court in Owings Mills, Maryland, was arrested April 20 and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. John T. Howat, 19, of Chatham Hill Road in Glastonbury, Connecticut, was arrested April 20 and charged with possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Arthur W. Hepler, 27, of Perry Road in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 20 and charged with DWI and BAC more than .08 percent. Nicholas P. Beer, 38, of Route 29 in Rock City Falls, was arrested April 21 and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal contempt. Kristy M. Rich, 34, of West Circular Street in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 21 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled

substance. Rich was arrested on a bench warrant from Saratoga Springs City Court at


10:36 p.m. At that time of the arrest it is alleged that she did possess cocaine.

Adam L. Carpenter, 23, of Route 9 in Saratoga Springs, was arrested April 19 and charged with second degree gang assault and resisting arrest. Aaron D. Freedman, 25, of Daniels Road in Greenfield, was arrested April 17 and charged with second degree gang assault and resisting arrest. Carpenter and Freedman were arrested on warrants related to the alleged April 13 assault that took place at Caroline and Putnam. The other defendant in the case, who had already been arrested, is Jeffrey Carpenter.


obituaries Rev. (Cornelius) Neil J. Draves-Arpaia

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rev. (Cornelius) Neil J. Draves-Arpaia, 65, passed away Monday, April 14. Born on April 4, 1949 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of Rose Arpey Draves and the late Kenneth R. Draves. His maternal grandparents, Vincenzo and Cristina Cappella Arpaia (Arpey), were immigrants from the commune of Formicola in the Province of Caserta, Italy. Educated in local public and Catholic schools, he graduated from St. Peter’s Academy (Saratoga Central Catholic), class of 1967. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Marist College, Class of 1971. He prepared for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, in Baltimore, where he earned a Master’s of Divinity. During these years, Father taught in the English Department of Mercy High School in Baltimore. Following seminary training, he worked for the Saratoga Springs Police Department, being the original visionary for the Juvenile Aide Division program, which became a pilot program for the state of New York. Fr. Neil served on several commissions, boards

and committees including the Albany Diocesan Peace and Justice Commission, the Phoenix Diocesan Liturgy Commission, the board of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, the Phoenix Diocese Catholic Charities Advisory Council, the Hispanic Advisory Board for the Diocese of Albany, and the Ethics Committee of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, and the Albany Diocesan Committee for the Continuing Education of Priests. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his maternal uncles and aunts, Dominick Arpey, Frank Arpey Sr., James Arpey, William Arpey Sr., Patrick Arpey, Joseph Arpey, Antonio Arpey, and Agostino Arpey; his maternal aunts, Antoinette Arpey Bardino, Mamie Arpey Doty and Mary Arpey Pietruccia, all of whom he held in high esteem. Survivors include his mother, Rose Arpey; one sister, Nadine Draves, both of Saratoga Springs; two nephews, Paul Pugh II and Jeffrey Pugh; his niece, Sarah Attanasio; one uncle, Joseph Pieturccia; his Godson and great-nephew, Jordan Pugh, two great-nieces, Julia Pugh and Adelyn Pierce and many cousins.

Edna Tromp Johnson

LOUDONVILLE — Edna Tromp Johnson, born August 16, 1927 in Oranjestaad, Aruba N.A., departed from her loved ones just before sunrise on Friday, April 18. After living in Saratoga Springs for more than 40 years, she moved to Loudonville to be closer to her children. She loved

flowers, birds, beating everyone in cards and writing poetry. Edna was the widow of Orvind L. Johnson and was also predeceased by her parents, Angel and Gudelia Lacle Tromp, and one brother, Reuben Tromp. She is survived by two sons, Orvind L. Jr. (Bertha) and Andrew Johnson; three daughters, Julie (Barney) Redden, Margo (Richard) Brash and Jeannette (John) Lis; her eight loving grandchildren, Erik, Melissa, Jeffrey, Rachel, Brian, Scott, Catherine and Michael; five great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Whitney, Alexis, Sophie and Eli; four brothers, Marco, Teofilo, Leo and Bill Tromp; and two sisters, Margo Sark and Olga Wong.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Everett W. Cleveland (Bill)

WILTON — Everett W. Cleveland (Bill), of Wilton, passed away peacefully at Albany Medical Center on April 13. He was born in Windsor, Vermont to Everett and Sara (Creeden) Cleveland in 1925. He proudly served his country as a Marine in WWII in the Pacific theater and the Korean War.

He was active in the Marine Corp league in operation Toys for Tots and retired from The New York Telephone Company after 37 years of dedicated service. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Betty Cleveland and two daughters, Chris Jenson (James) of Hoosick Falls and Karen Cleveland of Wilton. He had four step-children; Timothy Jackson (Debra) of Wilton, Lori McCann (Kenneth) of York, South Carolina, Mary Ann Dowd (William) of Wilton and Marlise Ford (Charles) of Wilton; 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Sam, Sarah, Timothy, Gregory, Joshua, Charlie, Charlette, Corey, Bradley, William and Makaylee; and eleven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth, and a baby daughter. His brother, Jim Cleveland also predeceased him.

Henry Stark SARATOGA SPRINGS — Henry Stark, 96, formerly of Forest Avenue in Saratoga Springs, died peacefully on We d n e s d a y , April 16 at Wesley Health Care Center. Born on April 7, 1918 in S c h e n e c t a d y, he was the son of the late Kalman Stark and Pearl “Pepe” Gross. Mr. Stark proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII. After serving in the war, Henry returned home and married the love of his life, Rose Edith Schwartz, on January 13, 1946. Mr. Stark owned and operated several

automotive parts and repair shops within the city of Saratoga Springs. He initially owned a gas station on the corner of Van Dam and Route 50 called Stark Oil Company and later moved the business to Route 9 (Maple Avenue). He then moved the company to its present location on Excelsior Avenue, becoming Starks Auto Parts. Survivors include his wife of over 68 years, Rose Stark; three sons, Sidney Stark and his wife Debbie of Albany, Michael Stark of Saratoga Springs, and Marvin Stark and his wife Miriam of Providence, Rhode Island; nine grandchildren, Sara, Tsippi, Deena, Chavi, Peri, Avi, Tova, Elisheva and Jacob; and three great grandchildren, Aliza, Emma, and Dovid.

Geraldine Boyer LAKE COSSAYUNA — Geraldine Boyer, 95, passed away April 17 at her home on Lake Cossayuna after a short illness. Born on September 18, 1918 in Grangerville (Town of Saratoga), she was the daughter of Andrew and Lucy Taylor Clement. Geraldine was employed at the Aschland Knitting Co’s. glove shop in Schuylerville. She was well known for many hand sewn quilts that she made, her embroidery and crocheting. She loved feeding “her” birds and enjoyed baking and cooking for her family, neighbors and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by

her husbands, Roger Germain Sherman in 1981 and Arthur Joseph Boyer in 1989; sisters, Helen Pratt, Madeline Lang and brothers, Seward, Andrew, Maurice and Delbert Clement. Survivors include her sister, Marcia Reel; son, Roger E. Sherman (Florence); daughters, Susan Sherman Ernst and Doris Sherman Simonik (Allen); grandchildren, Cheryl Sherman-Baust, Kathryn Sherman Clark, Roger M. Sherman, Peggy Sue Ernst Bush, William Robert Ernst, Elizabeth Ernst Prichard, Melissa Ernst Greene, Michael Ernst, Diane Simonik; several nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren.

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Margaret A. McConnell

ALBANY — Margaret A. McConnell passed away peacefully on April 11, surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was born in Schenectady to Clinton and Catherine McConnell. She attended St Joseph’s Catholic grade school, Draper Middle School and High School. After she graduated high school, she went on to graduate from Mildred Elley Business School with a degree in secretarial science. She also went on to graduate from Hudson Valley

Community College with a degree in accounting. Margaret worked for Knolls Atomic Power lab for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Margaret is survived by her sister, Marie Blackman; her niece, Terry McConnellBeshara (Michael); nephew, Greg McConnell (Marsha); and great nephew, Christopher McConnell. She had many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved very dearly. She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers, John Garvey, Clinton McConnell and William Luke McConnell; and her niece, Amy Margaret McConnell. Calling hours will be held at Gleason Funeral Home in Schenectady on Friday, April 25 from 5-8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be at St. Joseph’s Church in Schenectady on April 26 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery immediately following.

Thomas F. Shannon TINTON FALLS, N.J. — Thomas F. Shannon, 89, formerly of Saratoga Springs, died on Thursday, April 17 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. Tom had recently moved to New Jersey to be closer to his grandchildren, but spent over 40 happy years in Saratoga Springs. Born in Glens Falls in 1925, Tom was the son of Thomas and Mary (Kilroy) Shannon. He was raised in Albany and graduated from Cathedral Academy in 1942. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure College and a master’s degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He also attended Georgetown University School of Law. Tom served in the U.S. Army in WWII with the 10th Armored Division of the 3rd Army and

Peter G. Goutos

Catherine (Betty) Brower SARATOGA SPRINGS — Catherine (Betty) Brower, 97, passed into a better world on February 4 at The Springs of Wesley Health Care Center. Betty was the wife of the late G. Wesley Brower, whom she married in 1947. They lived in Port Washington until his passing in 2002. She then moved to Saratoga Springs 12 years ago to be closer to family. Betty, as she was known, was the youngest of six daughters born to the late August and Marie (Klob) Faulhaber. She worked in the insurance industry for a number of years but because of a long commute into Manhattan, she decided to work closer to home. She

worked at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset and became head of Quality Control. Retired after 35 years, she became interested and active in charitable projects. Betty loved animals and cared for many abandoned animals during her lifetime. In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was predeceased by all of her sisters. Survivors include her nephews, Frank Funk, Richard Miles, Lawrence Funk, Bill Outler and George Outler; nieces, Loretta Smith, Dorothea Salerno and Marie Algozini; 12 great-nephews, 10 great-nieces and many greatgreat nephews and nieces.

Mitzi Smith SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mitzi Smith, of Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs, passed away at Saratoga Hospital after a long illness on April 15, surrounded by

her loving family. Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Online remembrances may be made at

he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. After the war, Tom entered into civilian service with the U.S. State Department and served as a Foreign Service Staff Officer/Diplomatic Courier. He was appointed to the post of Far Eastern Personnel Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and stationed in Japan. After his return to the United States, Tom served as a Supervising Intelligence Research Officer in Washington, D.C. Tom was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Francis, and a son, Brendan. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Evelyn (Mahoney) Shannon, his son, Matthew of Saratoga Springs and his daughter, Irene (John Brown) and his grandsons Cameron, Connor and Aidan, of Freehold, New Jersey. Tom is also survived by his sister, Mary Fitzner of Berne and several dear nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

SCOTIA — Peter G. Goutos, 90, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 17 in Saratoga Springs. Born in 1923 in Lynn, Massachusetts, Peter was four days shy of his 91st birthday and passed on the day of his own father’s death. A lifelong resident of Scotia, Peter proudly lived in the home he had bought with his wife of 30 years, Joan Cornelia Burns, who passed unexpectedly in 1983. Peter was a World War II veteran serving in the Asian-Pacific Theater on board slow moving troop and beach assault vehicle transport ships such as the Tank Landing Ship LST 681. He was an enginemen and gunner who engaged hostile forces in the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa in 1945. Peter kept the ship running and defended it in times of action. Sustaining battle damages, his ship survived and earned two battle stars. Following his honorable discharge, Peter reentered the U.S. Navy as a

reservist, attaining the rank of Senior Master Chief Petty Officer. Through his 20 years of reserve service, Peter was deployed to various national military locations. He fondly recalled innumerable stories, the most memorable being his flight off the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid. A past employee of ALCO Locomotive, Peter trained veteran steam locomotive engineers in the operation of new diesel powered locomotives. After a brief stint at General Electric’s Schenectady operations, Peter joined the Voorheesville Army Depot, inspecting and maintaining military vehicles. Upon closure of the Depot, Peter was proud to have been selected to join the Watervliet Arsenal as a Mechanical Engineering Technician where he earned the grade of GS-11. Peter was a recognized expert in large and small-bore artillery and cannon. He proudly worked in the Quality Assurance Directorate where he contributed and often personally solved problems identified with systems under his responsibility. He was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School in Schenectady. Following his service obligation, he attended the University of Missouri, Union College, RPI, and the University of Connecticut. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Peter Christopher Goutos; daughter-in-law, Cheryl A. Smith; and four exceptional grandchildren, Christine Joan, Nicholas Edward, Demetri Peter, and Cassandra Zoë, who were the love of his life. In addition, Peter is survived by his older brother Christopher Goutos and his wife, Anita, as well as their four children who fondly remember their Uncle Dyke.



Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Saratoga Center For The Family:

“It’s Never Too Late For Healing” by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Center for the Family is a major community asset, yet many county residents are not fully aware of the incredible array of services they provide. This is the second part of a series about the Center and its activities. The first part appeared in Saratoga TODAY’s April 4 issue and is available at saratoga-today The Saratoga Center For The Family (SCFF) has grown and diversified its program offerings

in its 37 years of existence since it’s origins as a task force on child abuse and neglect. Under its umbrella motto of “Help. Hope. Healing.” are a variety of programs that certainly work to strengthen children and families, but also society in general via a multi-disciplinary model that could touch any life in Saratoga County. Simply put, there is no one, with or without children, even a solitary individual with no family, who could not partake in and benefit from SCFF’s programs activities. And yet, because of the often necessary confidential nature of some of what this facility has to deal with, for instance child abuse or criminal behavior, there is a certain mystery about their facility, which in turn leads to misimpressions, or myths, about SCFF and the work they do. While we may not be able to clear up all these myths, we can certainly illuminate several with the help of the staff, which is led by Executive Director Deb Tomaso, along with Clinical Director Kelly Barry and Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Coordinator Jennifer Wormley. The first one is how warm, inviting and bright the entire environment is, as these pictures show. Everything, including the

examination room (which we saw but did not photograph) expressed the concept of “healing.” Regardless of age, class or status “It’s never too late for healing.” Jennifer Wormley notes. One other surprise is the way people come to SCFF. In the case of the CAC, the overwhelming majority comes as referrals from Child and Family Services or a law enforcement unit. Yet, according to Kelly Barry, about half of the people who come for counseling are self-referred. Which give rise to another myth, according to Deborah Tomaso. “People tend to think that the Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and Saratoga Center for the Family are two separate agencies under the same roof,” she said, “but in fact we are all one. The Harriet M. West CAC is one of the programs that Saratoga Center for the Family offers to further its mission to build stronger families throughout Saratoga County.” She described a three-program focus that operates in concert with each other: 1) Child Advocacy (via Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center) 2) Mental Health Counseling 3) Prevention and

Educational Programming I asked Ms. Tomaso to detail some of the other myths or misconceptions she encounters when she interacts with the public. “Number one by far is: ‘All children who come to this facility for counseling have been abused.’” “This is absolutely false.” She said “While we do help many children heal from trauma or abuse, children come here for other counseling needs such as; a family divorcing, coping through the loss of a loved one, anxiety, or behavior and attentional disorders. Our therapists are trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the most effective treatment for children healing from a trauma.” A second major myth, Ms. Tomaso notes, is that ‘Saratoga Center for the Family only has services for children and families.’ “Actually,” she said, “onethird of our counseling clients are adults who are looking for someone to talk to about a variety of needs such as: anxiety, trauma, life transitions and depression.” A glance at SCFF’s group and program calendar confirms this. See for detailed information. “People are also under the impression that we use a

monolithic approach, in that all children who come through the CAC see a therapist for counseling.” Ms. Tomaso said, “But while this often happens, it’s not universal. If a child comes through CAC for an investigation of alleged abuse or neglect, we always offer counseling resources. But not all victimized children seek out our counseling or a healing group service.” The biggest service that SCFF offers is hope and it is done through a multi-pronged approach that is tailored to the individual and their needs at any age or life stage. It bears repeating that ‘it’s never too late for healing.’ “Prevention and education are the major keys to stopping child abuse and family dysfunction.” Ms. Tomaso concludes. “When we are able to raise awareness, we really can make a difference.”

Opposite Page: The warm walls of the Saratoga Center for the Family welcome everyone. As do the people who work there, led by (L to R) Clinical Director Kelly Barry, Executive Director Deb Tomaso and Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center Coordinator Jennifer Wormley.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014




Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Helping To Create Hundreds of Multiple, Six-figure Earners Through their Real Estate Businesses Karen Coffey Found the pinnacle of her passion when she became first Executive Level Real Estate Trainer, but it was after almost having lost everything.

by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Following one’s passion and or discovering it in a challenging economy is daunting. When dayto-day demands require immediate attention, personal aspirations may sink on the priority list. Prospect Lending’s first Executive Level Real Estate Trainer of the Tri states division (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) Karen Coffey met hardship ahead of 2008, and finding a way back on track to her dream job, for her, started with changing her mindset. She is now a part of Prospect Lending’s Real Estate Mastery Coaching Program, the first and only of its kind and provided at no charge to real estate agents. Years before she found her

current job with Prospect Lending, in 2007, Coffey didn’t know she would be nearing the end of an established seven-year career in the life coaching business. “In 2007, I was one of the first before the real estate market tanked to lose their house,” Coffey said. Her income disappeared as her clients too were facing the declining economy. From there, her situation quickly went downhill as well. “So, it started with divorce and then the market started changing,” she said. “Then we had to short sale the house and then my mother passed away that same month. I mean, it all went ‘bam’. So after my mother passed, my son and I packed up and we went to stay at a friend’s.” During that time, there was no time to be scared, she said. “You’re always thinking what you have to do next.”

“The only time I was scared was when my son went to live with his father at age 14 and I was alone. As long as I had him, and it brings tears to this day, as long as I had him, I focused on him. When he went to live with his dad, you just don’t think of yourself as the same. And I was scared for about a year at that time,” Coffey said. It was during this time that she changed gears. She was thinking of herself only as a life coach, ignoring her multifaceted talent and experience as having been a successful real estate agent, life coach and business woman. In the end, she said that she realized that she had to open up to other opportunities, blending what she did best, while focusing on an over all goal. Putting pen to paper, she started writing in a notebook every day: “I don’t know how I get a six figure job. I just know that I (eventually) do, and I’m happy.” “And I would write it over and over. Isn’t that crazy,” she said, recalling that fateful turning point. “It’s almost like you’re programming your subconscious mind to find what it is that you wanted to find.” It was two weeks later that she found a job opening coaching real estate agents – a perfect pairing of her interests and prior experiences. She shortly found promotion, after promotion, after promotion at her job in Delaware before being referred by a friend to a position that eventually lead to her current employment with Prospect Lending based Latham. She travels giving seminars and coaching programs to real estate

agents with the goal of adding value to the real estate industry by doubling, even tripling their business, she said. “So, you combine real estate with the coaching: this job was just made for me: I just love every minute of it. I love seeing these agents, and they’re thirsty as we all are for a direction, and I don’t think it’s confined just real estate. It’s business in general,” Coffey said. She encourages agents to reach a new level of potential by helping agents recognize what their passion is and using that as a resource to fuel their efforts in real estate so that the two are more compliments instead of competing entities. She also has been helping agents strategize in order to help them reach a six-figure income and up. “You don’t have to do real estate all the time. Our lives are so much more,” she said noting the needed balance between nurturing both the business and spiritual sides for success. “It’s not just about work, and just because I’m a coach in real estate doesn’t mean that the rest of it doesn’t matter.” Coffey hosts monthly training calls on marketing and business development, small group “Mastermind” calls, and Monday morning mindset and mediation calls. She is also working on a book while living and working in Saratoga Springs, and it is to be based on her experience on how to manifest or visualize one’s way to success. Prospect Lending is able to offer Coffey’s programs at no cost to real estate agents and to be a

resource for them, offering ideas, networking opportunities and other resources that agents may not have the finances to seek out on their own. “I’m the coach and trainer. They (Prospect Lending) give value and I tie these agents back to the loan officer (of Prospect Lending),” Coffey said. “It’s not a job, it’s really a passion I think,” she said. “And it’s seeing men and women really propel and be happy and excited, and that’s what I’m here to do. This is just my way of doing it. Other people do it in other fields.” More information about Karen Coffey and how she may help you in your endeavors, visit her webpage at

New Doctors Join Saratoga Hospital SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital recently welcomed physicians Dr. Gary Idelchik, cardiology; Dr. Debbie Flaherty, family medicine; and Dr. Lucie Capek, plastic surgery, to its medical staff. Dr. Idelchik is in practice with Cardiology Specialty Services, a member of the Saratoga Regional Medical Group. Dr. Idelchik is board certified with subspecialty certifications in cardiology and interventional cardiology. His office is located at Saratoga Hospital. Dr. Flaherty is in practice at Saratoga Family Physicians, a member of the Saratoga Regional Medical Group. Her office is located at 6 Medical Park Drive, Malta. She received her medical degree from St. Georges’ University School of Medicine in Great River, New York. Flaherty completed an internship and residency at Ellis Hospital. She is board certified in family medicine. The Saratoga Regional Medical Group is a practice from Saratoga Hospital. Dr. Capek, plastic surgery, received her medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal. Capek is in private practice at 713 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

GlobalFoundries, Samsung to Produce Advanced Chip Together MALTA—GlobalFoundries and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of South Korea are to jointly produce a more advanced computer chip. GlobalFoundries will license Samsung technology as the two companies prepare to produce computer chips that are smaller, faster and use less power - to be known as 14 nanometer FinFET. In the industry, the partnership is interpreted as a push to compete with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., which is

Cudney’s Cleaners Going “Greener” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cudney’s Cleaners, a locally owned dry cleaners, is currently installing solar water heaters at three of their Saratoga Springs locations. “Cudney’s has always been a customer, environment and community-focused business,” stated Joyce Ure, General Manager and Vice President of

Artists & Finance Workshop

the largest contract computer chip maker in the world. GlobalFoundries and Samsung plan to deliver the new technology on a global scale. Production is to take place at four factories: Samsung’s fabrication plants in Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as at the GlobalFoundries plant in Malta. GlobalFoundries, IBM and Samsung are all members of the Common Platform Alliance, working together in the tech industry. GlobalFoundries is the second largest contract computer chip maker in the world and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government. GlobalFoundries also operates factories in Germany and Singapore.

GLENS FALLS—“The Artists & Finance Workshop: Financial Strategies 101 and Making the Most of Your Money” is a seminar geared toward artists to explain the advantages of smart financial management by reviewing five financial management components: wealth management, risk management, estate planning strategies, investment strategies, tax efficient saving strategies and retirement programs. There is no fee to attend the workshop, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Crandall Room at the Crandall

Cudney’s Cleaners. “We thank Stewart’s Corporation as well for allowing us to place the solar panels on the rooftop of their plaza. Without their cooperation, we would not have been able complete this project.” “We are proud to make this investment, not only for our company, but also for the environment. The technology has improved so dramatically that we are now able to harness the power of the sun and preheat the water for all

of our processes. We continue to strive to serve the community in the most responsible and green way possible,” said Lyn Whaley, Owner and President of Cudney’s Cleaners. Look for the panels on the rooftops of Cudney’s Cleaners plant, 5 Aletta Steet, and retail locations at 160 South Broadway and 86 West Ave (Stewart’s Plaza). More information can be found on their website, www.

Some of Cudney’s Cleaners solar panels at the cleaner’s plant at 5 Aletta Street. Those aren’t the only ones though. Several more of Cudney’s solar panels are located on the rooftop of Stewart’s Plaza.

Library, Glens Falls. The number of participants is limited to 10 and registration is done through the Lake George Arts Project: 518-668-2616. Workshop leaders Robin Davey CPA, CFP, CLU and Lauren Woodcock work for AXA Advisors, LLC as financial professionals. Lauren and Robin can provide advice on a broad range of financial topics including: life and health insurance, investments, pension planning, retirement planning, financial planning, college planning, estate planning strategies, business planning strategies and group benefits.

27-year-old Glens Falls Business Changes Name GLENS FALLS—The once oneman business called Americlean was established by Mark Miller in 1986 as a residential painting service. During the course of 27 years the business grew into an industrial and commercial cleaning and painting contracting company. The company now goes by the


name Performance Industrial and created the tagline “The frontrunner behind the scenes”, according to its new website “The past 28 years have been filled with excitement. From a 1-man power washer to a 30-person company with a large list of commercial and industrial customers and services – I’ve truly enjoyed witnessing the growth of this company. More importantly, I’ve enjoyed watching the relationships that have sprouted, grown and flourished with employees, vendors, customers, and others in the business community,” Miller wrote on Performance Insdustria’s home page. The company specializes in duct cleaning, machine maintenance and sandblasting. It’s clients include manufacturers, casinos, colleges and supermarket chains. They typically perform between 800 and 1,000 jobs annually and currently employ 26 employees. There has been no change in ownership or management.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014


Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s Big Week continued from page 1

part of SCR’s necessary strategic development plans, regardless of the results of the outcome of an expanded gaming scenario on its grounds. These plans are proceeding at it’s own pace through the appropriate government agencies. Further, there are strong indications that SCR will file another application for a casino site in the Catskill Region, specifically around Newburgh and Route 17K. These plans were scheduled to be presented after press time to the Newburgh Town Board at a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Town of Newburgh courthouse. Readers are advised to look for an update at But meanwhile, there is plenty that is known on the two pending projects that have been announced: $30 Million Expansion in Saratoga Springs A comprehensive site plan, complete with environmental impact statements and supporting documents has been filed with the New York State Gaming Commission. Locals who are interested in reviewing these documents can find a copy in the Planning office in Saratoga Springs City Hall. The notable highlights of this expansion plan includes: • A 120-room hotel with guest spa, indoor pool and lobby bar • A 24,000 square foot multipurpose event center • A signature fine dining restaurant. According to the summary provided by SCR officials “The expansion plans include the creation of 260 additional jobs at the facility, and an additional $9 million in annual payroll expenses, bringing the total number of employees to 900 and yearly payroll expenses to $27 million.” “From the beginning, we have worked closely with our local leaders to drive increased tourism to our community and are excited to be able to use these plans to bring more focus to Saratoga as an international resort destination,” said Rita Cox, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “With these plans, we will be expanding our marketing efforts to attract visitors

from areas outside the Capital District and throughout the entire Northeastern Region.” Ultimately, approval of this project, or portions of it, rests with the state. The City of Saratoga Springs has been designated as an “involved agency,” in that they will need to provide extra water and sewer hookups and other services. So they can be described as having a “seat at the table,” if not ultimate decisionmaking authority. SCR had previously stated its intentions to have its plans reviewed by city landuse boards although they are not required to do so. Next Steps: At some future point (expected to be soon) the Gaming Commission will start the clock on a 30-day “review period” in which the City Council, and through them, presumably other concerned parties may be heard. Mayor Joanne Yepsen has stated that she might call a special council meeting on this subject alone should the timing warrant it. There have been concerns expressed by downtown Saratoga Springs entities and other interests, including the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center about the scope of the project in general and the multi-purpose event center particularly. According to SCR officials, given timely approvals the construction timeline anticipates work beginning in spring 2014 and the opening of the expansion project in spring 2015. $300 Million Facility in East Greenbush The bullet-point highlights of this project: • 100,000 square foot over all destination resort casino development • 300-room hotel • 20,000 square feet of highend retail • Multiple entertainment venues including a nightclub, sports bar and showroom • An estimated 1,700 construction jobs and an estimated 1,700 permanent jobs at the facility. This does not even begin to include the spillover effects, ancillary businesses, hotels

Artists rendering of $300 million resort casino development site in the Town of East Greenbush.

and enterprises throughout the adjacent area. If you need a visual, search out a picture of Kissimmee, Florida before and after Disney World arrived and you’ll get a general idea. Next Steps: Many. The application-filing deadline is here. The review process begins, with an expectation that siting decisions will occur this fall.

SCR bills their E. Greenbush casino proposal as a “game changer,” and if it comes to pass, there can be no doubt that it would be, on several levels. Of course, it is one of a few possible proposals in the Capital/ Saratoga Region for a casino and only one will eventually be sited – at this time. This is also true in the Catskills area, which may be a more crowded application field.

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell On second thought, never has this expression been less true for Saratoga Gaming and Raceway than on this week.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Rebuilding Mind, Body and Soul

To Diet or Not To Diet - The Paleolithic Path...

by Monique Boulet For Saratoga TODAY The paleolithic diet, or Paleo Diet, has made its way back into the mainstream of all diets. The big buzz has become, “Should I, or shouldn’t I start it?” Well, hopefully after reading this, you may have a better idea of what this diet entails.

The Paleo diet has been around for thousands of years, thereby giving it nicknames like the Caveman Diet, and the Hunter-Gatherer Diet. Just based on its nicknames, you can get some idea of what the diet entails. In general, the diet includes grass fed lean meat and poultry, wild caught fish, fruits and most vegetables (starchy ones like potatoes avoided), roots, tree nuts and eggs. What’s not included is all dairy, grains, legumes (including peanuts), sugar and processed foods, including oils. Drinks include water, tea, and coconut water. So, in taking a look at the diet, one can see how weight loss is likely, based solely on the fact that 2 major food groups are wiped out of the meal plan. But here are some other things to consider: Some studies agree with the fact that grains are not easily digested, especially ones containing gluten,

and should be limited. The percentage of gluten in some grains has actually increased over the years, which may be why more and more individuals are becoming intolerant to gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley. In addition, dairy can cause inflammation in the body, which can trigger a large number of conditions, and lead to heart disease if choosing the fat-containing products. There are other by products of conventional dairy, such as the antibiotics a farmer uses on sick dairy cows, the grains that are fed to them, and the effects of hormones in dairy, that are especially detrimental to children. Other advocates of the diet correlate the fact that grains, dairy, sugar and processed foods all contribute to a significant amount of calories, so eliminating them will likely result in weight loss, which is the main premise of this diet and it’s success.

But the other side of the coin is that, in eliminating major food groups in the diet, there could be nutritional deficiencies. In the case of the Paleo Diet, fiber, many of the B vitamins, Vitamin D, and minerals including calcium could be deficient. The majority of individuals living in the Northeast have a hard enough time keeping their serum Vitamin D within normal limits as it is, so the challenge becomes even greater for those maintaining this diet long term. Also, depending on the type and amount of animal products consumed, there could actually be an increase in risk for heart disease. And an excess of protein could also weigh on our metabolizing organs, as well as actually creating a negative balance of calcium in the bone, leading to osteoporosis and other bone disease. Lastly, like any “diet”, trying to maintain a healthy balance is the key.

Malta Ethics Panel Issues Final Report Modified Proposed Actions May Be Placed on Town Board Agenda

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

MALTA – The Town of Malta’s Ethics Committee has completed

their review of it’s earlier findings and on April 15 submitted a revised determination, with modified proposed actions, to Town Attorney Thomas Peterson on a multi-count

complaint against Malta’s Town Clerk, Flo Sickels. While the Ethics Committee reaffirmed its original determination of October 28, 2013, it did modify its language to state “clear and convincing evidence” in two sections where other language was used earlier. The committee also modified its recommended Town Board action from a formal censure of Ms. Sickels to: “The Town Board should issue a letter of counsel to the Town Clerk expressing its disapproval of the violations the Ethics Committee determined to have occurred. Further, the Town Clerk should be required to attend live ethics training and furnish to the Town Board evidence of completing that training.” As reported by Saratoga TODAY in it’s November 1, 2013 issue, the original findings by the Ethics Committee in it’s original October 28 finding read in part “The town clerk solicited, on multiple occasions, employees to make a political contribution, through time, effort, endorsement or signature.” At that time, the Ethics Committee had unanimously (7-0) recommended that the Town Clerk be censured for both conducting herself, or ordering employees she supervised to conduct political activities on

Any diet that eliminates large food groups comes with a cost if not done properly. And if you DO resume your normal eating pattern when you reach your weight or fitness goals, you will likely see the weight gain resume over time. This is generally a result of goals being short term and weight based, versus changing perceptions in how we view food, our body image, and learning to eat a healthy balanced diet lifelong. If you are a business, corporation, food establishment or nonprofit organization and have some news you would like to share on your healthy initiatives, I welcome the information. We are, after all, working together to create one of the healthiest areas in the world! Monique Boulet RD, CDN, CPT (518) 312-6309

town property during work hours. The Town Board had reminded this original ruling back to the Ethics Committee on November 18 on procedural grounds. Ms. Sickels is a Republican who is in her 23rd year as Town Clerk. Lynda Bablin, Town Receiver of Taxes, is also a Republican who filed the original ethics complaint on behalf of two of Sickels’ employees (Jennifer Lanahan and Linda Duprey) on September 11, 2013. In a statement by Ms. Bablin, she indicated that she would be satisfied with the revised findings as long as the Town Board followed through with the Ethics Committees latest recommendations. “Censure would not accomplish more than this,” Ms. Bablin wrote. “Hopefully, the town board will act in accordance with the committee’s recommendations so that the residents of Malta can truly see that the unethical actions by the town clerk will not be tolerated at any level.” The Town Board has an agenda meeting next Monday, April 28, at which time a review of the Ethics Committee’s latest determination could be put on the agenda, for formal action at the Town Board business meeting a week later on May 5.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014


Craftproducers Bring Festival to Saratoga Fairgrounds continued from page 1 “It’s just one night this year for the first year event, so we hope for one night that will be busy,” said Craftproducers owner Tim Cianciola. “If it works well, then next year we will go two nights.” Admission to the Balloon Glow is $5 for adults on top of the $10 general admission fee. Kids get in free. On the other end of the spectrum, there will also be early morning balloon launches that rise with the sun on Sunday and Saturday, starting at 6 a.m. The inaugural festival will also include a variety artists and artisans displaying their original works throughout the day, as well as live entertainment and music. “They’ll have some morning launches on Saturday and Sunday, so it should be a spectacular event—also a lot of artisans,” Townsend said. “It’s not a typical buy-and- sell kind of event. It’s a lot of handmade and handcrafted items and they’re also going to be featuring New York State beers, wines and foods, so it should be a great weekend all the way around.” From hand-thrown pottery to gold jewelry to contemporary furniture, there is scheduled to be over 100 artists and artisans at the event, according to the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival website ( Specialty foods like chocolate, wines, spirits, dressings and maple syrup will also be on hand, as well as demonstrations and

project opportunities for craft and food building. Both the artists and artisans works as well as a hand crafted food and beverage tent will be open from noon until 7 p.m. on Friday and throughout the weekend. The family event will also include a wide array of activities for the kids. Whether it’s face painting, walking inside a halfinflated balloon, going to the petting zoo, or coloring a picture before it takes to the sky attached to a hot air balloon, the younger age group has plenty to do. “We did a similar event last year in Shelbourne (Vermont) at the Shelbourne Museum and we overloaded the museum with the capacity the first year and they wouldn’t let us come back,” Cianciola said. “So we began looking around for other areas and we knew Saratoga is a great market, a lot more people. We’re going to have a lot of great food, entertainment, and the kids have a lot of activities.” The balloon ride tent is open from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, and 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday for anyone who wants to book a flight or buy a festival souvenir. Tethered balloon rides are also available for a fuller flight. Rides can also be booked by going to the event website at and clicking on “Launches & Rides” or calling (518) 798-0858.

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Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs To Sponsor Reception Prior To Supervisor Veitch’s Presentation SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local business leaders, city politicians past and present, as well as members of the public are set to gather at the City Center for a special 30th Anniversary celebration on the evening of Wednesday, April 30. Supervisor Matthew Veitch will deliver a visually captivating presentation, telling the story of how Saratoga Springs became a convention destination. His enthusiasm for the subject, particularly the period of “urban renewal” in the 1960s and 70s, was evident as he previewed his presentation, which will contain a number of vintage photographs of the landscape as it appears from the late 1800s through the present day. “We’ll be taking a walk through time, up one side of Maple Avenue and down the other; along Broadway, East Van Dam and the

area that is known as the ‘gut,’” Veitch said. Another segment that should prove interesting is a look at various scenarios that were examined to replace Convention Hall after it was lost to fire, before deciding that the Saratoga Springs City Center was the optimal choice. While the chapter on the City Center is a prominent feature in the story, there are additional establishments throughout this particular history that have made significant impacts on the local convention landscape and the direction that it has taken in recent years. The Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway is one such key entity. As reported in Saratoga TODAY last week (4/18/14) it too is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year, its 50th. Cynthia Hollowood, general manager of the Holiday Inn

remarks “We’re still here 50 years later because of the special support of our community members.” Supervisor Veitch will highlight some interesting facts about how the Holiday Inn was founded and the key role it took in shaping the convention scene several years after the burning of Convention Hall. The Holiday Inn is coming alongside the City Center to bring this historical presentation to the public by hosting a meet and greet reception with Supervisor Veitch prior to his appearance. The coffee and tea reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will last one hour, with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

Convention Hall in 1915 Original Saratoga Springs City Center Before Renovations

Three Bands Join Forces To Party For A Cause May 1 Vapor Event Benefits LLS

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three leading Capital Region bands, providing music from three different genres, will be cranking it up for a great cause at Vapor Nite Club at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway next Thursday, May 1 beginning at 6 p.m. The evening’s musical offerings literally have something for everyone, whether you groove

to R&B (Funk Evolution), dig county/bluegrass (Skeeter Creek) or like that good ol’ time rock ‘n’ roll (Jet Crash Billy). Each of the bands will be performing throughout the evening. All, repeat all (as in 100 percent) of the proceeds will benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society’s Upstate New York/ Vermont Chapter.

General admission tickets that are purchased before May 1 are $13, or $15 (at the door). There are also $60 VIP Tickets, which include food and access to a special section inside Vapor. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit party-for-a-cause


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014


SaratogaArtsFest Marks Eighth Year Annual Festival To Infuse The City With Arts, June 11-15

Duncan Sheik Martha Graham Dance Company in The Rite of Spring. Photo by Sinru Ku

SARATOGA SPRINGS — This is a town known for its lively summer arts scene, and to get the season off to a roaring start SaratogaArtsFest will once again present an arts festival that serves as a prelude to a full summer of arts happenings in the city. The eighth annual SaratogaArtsFest will take place June 11-15 at venues throughout Saratoga Springs. The varied schedule will span music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art with featured performances by national, regional, and local artists. ArtsFest presents programs that appeal to audiences ranging from avid arts enthusiasts to families with young children. Admission to most events during the five-day festival is free with the purchase of a SaratogaArtsFest ARTSPASS. For some of the major events, including the Opening Night performance and Friday night’s Signature performance, the ARTSPASS provides an admission discount. Among the festival highlights will be the Opening Night on Thursday, June 12, featuring the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by SPAC, the performance will include pieces from such classics as Appalachian Spring and The Rite of Spring, as well as other compositions. On Friday, June 13, ArtsFest will present its signature event, “An Evening with Duncan Sheik,” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Sheik, a Grammy and Tony award winner, launched his musical career in 1996 with the Grammy-nominated hit “Barely Breathing.” Sheik is more recently known for his role in composing the musical Spring Awakening, which earned two

Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Sheik’s December 2013 debut of the stage production of American Psycho in London opened to rave reviews. Tickets for the Sheik performance at Skidmore are priced at $50, or $25 with an ARTSPASS. A full day of activity is slated for Saturday, June 14, when SaratogaArtsFest will present more than 25 events throughout Saratoga Springs. Broadway will take center stage for the outdoor “Paint Out,” in which artists will demonstrate their craft as they paint downtown cityscapes. Programs around town will range from family activities, such as storytelling and a circus workshop, to arts demonstrations, dance and theater performances, concerts and more. ARTSPASS holders will want to take advantage of exclusive offers on Saturday, such as a $25 discount for Opera Saratoga’s performance of The Magic Flute at The Spa Little Theater. Arts enthusiasts will not want to miss two unique theater and musical programs on Saturday night. No. 11 Productions, a New York City-based troupe of Skidmore College alumni, will perform Coosje at Universal Preservation Hall. The play is a whimsical love story about two sculptors who “learn to collaborate in life and art.” Downtown will be the setting for SaratogaArtsFest’s After Dark, a celebration at Javier’s on Maple Avenue with music by The Costellos, a band whose maverick pop music redefines rock for the new millennium. On Sunday, June 15, families will have full access to the arts when ArtsFest presents two popular community events: “Kids Do Art” and the Beekman Street Art Fair. “Kids Do Art” will again present an afternoon of hands-on arts activities for children of all ages, so that they can

rip, cut, paste, and explore the arts in all of their forms. Beekman Street Art Fair returns this year to the Beekman Street Arts District with a full line of local artists, food vendors, and afternoon musical performances. New to the festival are two programs that take a look at art from a different perspective. “Sport as Art,” a program led by Skidmore professor Jeffrey Segrave, will take place Sunday morning in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Segrave, who will be joined by college and professional athletes for his presentation, is a noted expert on the Olympic games and on the impact of sports on society. The second is a Sunday afternoon screening of the documentary Fame High at the downtown Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts. Directed by Academy Award nominee and Skidmore alumnus Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the film depicts the trials and tribulations of young art prodigies attending the famous Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Art aficionados will want to end Sunday with some classical art performances, including the evening program Serenata Italiana—Exploring the Music of Italy by Hubbard Hall Projects at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Festival Admission Packages
 The prices for the admission packages are $40 for adults and seniors, and $35 for military personnel. Admission is free for youth (12 and under). With benefits before, during and after the festival, ARTSPASS holders will be able to enjoy discounts to performances outside the festival weekend. More information is available at



Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Skidmore Students Get Real-World Experience While Consulting City Businesses by Colette Linton Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership (SSCP) is an old program with a new name. The ten-year-old course, once called the SkidmoreSaratoga Entrepreneurial Partnership, continues to pose real-world problems and challenges to the students as they partner with local businesses for a ‘hands-on’ consulting experience. The course is generally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.6 grade point average, who have been nominated by a professor and have successfully passed the prerequisite business course MB 107. After they stack up to these qualifications, they go through a series of interviews with the course’s Professor, Partnership Director and Executive-in-Residence Colleen Burke and with the courses partnership managers – students returning to the course who now manage the consultancy alongside Burke. “So it’s really the crème-ala-creme students,” said Burke. “They’re really quite amazing.” Over the course of a semester, the students work to craft actionable business plans and strategies,

which could include a range of areas of focus depending on the desires of the client, Burke said. The consulting services are provided pro bono; however, this is not an internship. The goal of SSCP students is to apply creative thought trough analysis and research to Saratoga’s forprofit and nonprofit organizations, she added. Tony Giacin, a Skidmore College senior and double major in business and economics, is one of two partnership managers this semester. This is his fourth semester with the program having started participating in the course two years ago on a consulting project for Saratoga War Horse with a student team. Although, this particular course does require a prerequisite and many students are highly involved in their fields, the real-world experience is irreplaceable for some students. “I was terrified,” Giacin said when asked if he felt ‘prepared’ for the first semester he participated in the course. “Even as I’m in my final semester right now and I’m in my capstone class, which is strategy, and I can tell you after four semesters of experience that there is not enough course work that can prepare you for a real world

to assure their commitment to working with the student consultants, as written on SSCP’s web page. At these meetings is where the real learning for Members of the Skidmore Saratoga Consulting Partnership class both sides takes on a visit to the Saratoga Springs Water Company earlier in the spring semester: Dan Santos ’14; Tim Colvin ’15; Seth Berger ’14; place. The business comes to Nick Barra ’15; Gabe Steerman ’14; Adam Madkour, president, Saratoga Spring Water Company; Romeo Makore ’15; Tony Githe table preacin ’14; Rebecca McCourt ’14; Dan Morelli ’14; Minh Uong ’14; pared for quesKojo Amarteyfio ’15; and Ezra Levy ’15. (Photo by Eric Jenks) tions about the consultancy because the thing we like workings of their company and volley viable and nonviable suggestions from to say is that these cases talk back.” During a semester, both sides students and explaining and negotiatof the consultancy partnership, the ing actionable routes for a business. “Working with Saratoga Warhorse student group and the organization, must agree on a couple of things. The for the first time you say something like business and students agree that al ‘oh, what if you guys do this?’ and they client information is treated as con- say back ‘no, I don’t want to do that’. You fidential and a non-disclosure agree- can go into it with as much as a busiment is signed by all students so that ness framework or whatever analysis the students have access to facts and tools you have but the most important figures essential to conduct their con- piece of this course and what you learn sultancy research. Also, each party so well through four semesters is you agrees to meet weekly to share infor- have to also apply personality managemation, findings and make sugges- ment and interpersonal relationships,” tions. Clients too are carefully vetted Giacin said. “That was the thing that shocked me the most with those two semesters was how do you give them the right answers but do it in a way where everybody’s happy, you’re not offending anyone. How to manage relationship while doing all this, and that’s real percent of its annual electricity bill world,” he said. “But that was the most with sun and water power. valuable thing for me.” By early June, 6,950 solar pan“What we try to do is try to els are to be placed along Denton have as comprehensive and thorough Road. The field is 800 feet from the roadway and will be surrounded by a six-foot fence. The college plans to plant 150 trees in front of the fence. The college partnered with Dynamic Energy Solutions, an energy company based in Pennsylvania, to SARATOGA SPRINGS—The build the solar farm. Saratoga Foundation for Innovative The energy collected through Learning (SFIL) has announced a the solar panels will go to National Pathway to Innovation fundraiser. Grid, which will then provide credit The fundraiser allows students to for the energy received. The college purchase a personalized brick to has a 20-year purchasing power be part of a new pathway leading to agreement and anticipates a costthe high school. savings from the project. The Pathway to Innovation will grow brick by brick for years to come to show Saratoga Springs City School District’s commitment to an innovative learning environment. A personalized brick can be purchased for a minimum donation of $50 and 100 percent of the funds go directly to supporting innovative programming opportunities in the school district. Bricks may also be purchased for a student to be

Skidmore to Soak Up the Sun: Solar Project To Be Finished Early Summer SARATOGA SPRINGS— Skidmore College’s eight-acre solar farm is expected to be completed by early summer and will generate about 12 percent of the college’s annual electricity. Skidmore College will post the real-time amount of energy being

generated in a central campus location for students to see the impact of the project. In addition to the solar park, Skidmore College has also been developing a micro-hydro project. With the two projects combined, the college could generate 30

research or strategic recommendation, or strategic plan that we can get them. But the general result I’ve seen from almost all of our clients is that we just get them to think about their business differently and that really affects the change,” Giacin said. At the time Giacin and his team was working with Saratoga War Horse in 2012, the nonprofit organization was just taking shape. “What we were looking to do was formalize our business and strategic planning,” Founder and Executive Director Bob Nevins said. “They (SSCP) were extremely helpful, and very professional. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge the students were able to bring to the table and it was a very rewarding experience for us.” The nonprofit is still able to apply some of the information the student team brought to the table a few years ago, but helping them to formalize the initial, formal structure of the organization was the most helpful, Nevins said. “I think the students probably learned from us you need some flexibility and that the plans that you put on paper are good, but you need to be able to be flexible enough as new information becomes available,” Nevins said. Students of the SkidmoreSaratoga Business Consultancy Partnership this semester are wrapping up their projects with Roohan Realty, Saratoga Spring Water Company and Alpine Sport Shop. They will be presenting their results at the Academic Festival on April 30 at noon. Additional information about the SSCP course can be found at their website at

Saratoga Foundation Announces Pathway to Innovation Fundraiser allocated by SFIL that may not be able to purchase one. To learn more or print a form to purchase a brick, please visit Checks can be made out to Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning and the completed form may be sent to the Saratoga Springs High School front office care of Stacey Ralston. SFIL is a nonprofit organization, comprised of community members that share a common goal of fostering forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The foundation provides grants to implement original and creative programming for Saratoga Springs City School District students.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014


Five Chosen For Semifinals of Capital District Invention Convention SARATOGA SPRINGS —Five students in the Washington-SaratogaWarren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES Young Scholars program were selected as semifinalists in the Capital District Invention Convention. The Invention Convention is an annual regional and statewide competition in which students grades K8 submit an original idea for a device or a method for solving a problem. The contest is organized and run by General Electric Volunteers, in collaboration with the museum of innovation and science (miSci), with volunteer scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, agents and others. Using the engineering design process, the Young Scholars developed an understanding of a problem of their choosing and worked toward a solution. Students then submitted a written description of their invention and a diagram for judging. The inventions were judged on originality, creativity and practicality. The five students listed below will build models of their inventions, which will be on display at miSci from May 1-22, 2014.

Kiana Pearson, Ballston Spa Middle School Invention: Seat, Heat and Ride! Saddle Kiana’s idea added the element of heat to the horse saddle to make it more comfortable during the cold riding months. This idea is very similar to leather heated car seats. Gavin Butler, Ballston Spa Middle School Invention: Retractable Rim Gavin’s invention solves the problem of when a basketball gets stuck on the rim against the backboard. In this situation, not only does the game stop, but the ball can’t be retrieved. Gavin’s invention of a remote will trigger the rim to adjust, allowing the ball to fall through. Joshua Defayette, Lake George Central School District Invention: The Defayette Model Battery Charger for Hearing Aids Josh’s invention is one that comes from the heart. His grandfather has a hearing aid that requires expensive batteries that get thrown out when drained. Josh’s invention

is an adjustable battery charger that can accommodate all sizes of hearing aid batteries. The user can plug the charger into an electrical outlet or use the USB adapter to charge using a computer. Pacey Henzel, Fort Ann Central School District Invention: The Dirt Cooler Pacey’s invention solves a problem that people who ride dirt bikes understand all too well. When riding a dirt bike, the rider wears special boots for protection. Pacey’s invention is a boot that is designed with a fabric pocket to hold a frozen gel pack, which is reusable. When the boot gets hot, the rider slips the frozen gel pack into the fabric sleeve to cool off. This allows the rider to continue without a long rest period. Emily Powers, Granville Central School District Invention: Flashing Oven Timer Emily went through many great ideas before finally settling on a way to solve a problem for many hearing impaired people. When using the oven, it

Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Announces 6th Annual “Bowling-forScholars Gutterball Bash Event”

SARATOGA SPRINGS— Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar (SSAS) will hold its 6th annual “Bowling-ForScholars Gutterball Bash” event at the Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Bowling will be half-price all day, with all proceeds generously donated to SSAS by the Saratoga Strike Zone. The Gutterball Bash cocktail party, featuring music by FreePlay, food from Hattie’s Restaurant, cash bar and a silent auction, will follow bowling at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $75, $50 for Saratoga Springs City School District employees. All proceeds benefit SSAS. Hattie’s Restaurant donates the food for the event and the Strike Zone donates the bowling facility. The Media Sponsors that recognize the major donors and promote the event are Look TV, 101.3-The Jockey and Saratoga Today. SSAS board members cover all overhead costs, allowing 100 percent of the proceeds from the Bowling-ForScholars Gutterball Bash to go to the students. “This program depends on the success of this event. This is our

only fundraising event each year and we have received tremendous support from the community,” said Jim LaVigne, volunteer Executive Director. “It’s a great family fun day and one of the best cocktail parties in Saratoga. If you haven’t come before, join us this year. We need your support.” Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, (SSAS), is a six-year-old nonprofit organization formed by a dedicated group of Saratoga Springs residents, Skidmore College, the Saratoga Springs High School and the Saratoga Mentoring Program. The organization’s purpose is to help fiscally disadvantaged, academically talented students succeed in high school and achieve their goal of attending college. The program provides tutoring and academic support, college preparation activities, mentoring and financial support during college. There are currently 54 students in the program. SSAS’s third class graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in June of last year. All of the graduates in the first three years were accepted into college and three received full four-year

scholarships. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend college. Of the 28 students currently enrolled in the high school part of the program, over 75 percent are on the honor roll or high honor roll. “The SSAS program works” LaVigne said. “It makes a tremendous difference in the lives of these young people and helps them achieve their dream of attending college.” To learn more about SSAS and the Bowling-for-Scholars/ Gutterball Bash event, visit the website:, or contact Jim LaVigne at or (518) 5872472 or call Tamara Valentine at 518-573-7096.

is common to set a timer to know when a dish is done. The timer beeps or buzzes to let the person know when it is ready. H e a r i n g impaired peo- (L.-r.) Fort Ann’s Pacey Henzel, Lake George’s Joshua Defayette and Granville’s Emily Powers were selected as semifinalists in ple cannot the Capital District Invention Convention 2014. hear the timer sound, and Emily wanted a way to NYS Math Science Technology make cooking safe for them. Her Learning Standard 5: Technology timer vibrates and lights up when and Engineering Design. A reception honoring the it alarms. It is also portable. By participating in the semifinalists will be held at miSci Invention Convention, students on May 22. At that time, 25 students met performance indicators for will be announced as finalists.

Super Star To Present At Saratoga Springs High School May 1 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Super Star, a middle and high school motivational speaker, will present on anti-substance abuse during a school assembly on May 1. The assembly will be at 1 p.m. in the Loewenberg Auditorium at the Saratoga Springs High School. Super Star, a former owner of a successful, cutting-edge computer consulting firm, will speak about his past drug addiction and encourage the audience to overcome their obstacles with creative boldness and not drug use. Also on April 1,

Reality Check, an organization in New York against the marketing of Big Tobacco companies, will be in the high school during lunch periods to encourage students to say no to tobacco products. Super Star has visited over 50 schools to share his story. Visit for more information about Super Star. This presentation is brought to you by the high school Students Against Destructive Decisions Club with the help of the Saratoga Prevention Council.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

This Week’s SPOLIGHT

Camp Saradac Camp Saradac, located at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, is a NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-12. Our camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly swimming, and themed weeks. Camp activities are designed to promote fun and fitness while providing opportunities for campers to grow. Last season’s favorites: the Saratoga County Fair, the Fun Spot, the Great Escape, Tri-City Valley Cats and of course our weekly visits to the

Saratoga Springs Recreation Center 15 Vanderbilt Ave Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 Peerless Pool will all be a part of our 2014 field trip line-up. Check our website for a complete schedule of all of our field trips. The 2014 Summer Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm starting June 30th and continues through August 15th. Parents love the

convenience of our before and after care program. Children who are registered may be dropped off at 7:30am and picked up as late as 6:00pm. Registration is on a first come, first served basis so please don’t wait. Camp registration forms are available at or can be picked up at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Good Fortunes!

Local Products to be Featured in Casino Restaurant SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Casino and Raceway has two new partnerships with Swedish Hill Winery and the Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company. Products from the two Broadway businesses will be featured at Fortunes, the trackside restaurant at the casino.

“Twenty To One” wine will now be served by the glass or bottle in Fortunes Restaurant. The dry white wine bottled by the Swedish Hill Winery is exclusive to Saratoga and is only sold at the Saratoga tasting room as well as select stores and restaurants. The wine was specifically created by Swedish Hill to commemorate the 2012 racing

season in Saratoga. “Our family has always had an admiration for horses, so being able to partner with Saratoga Casino and Raceway is very exciting for us,” said David Peterson, Co-owner of Swedish Hill Winery. “We’re thrilled to have our ‘Twenty To One’ poured at their restaurant. Great l o c a l wine,

gaming and racing all adds up to a great time!” Also to be offered at Fortunes in the coming weeks is Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company’s “Bloody Marè” mix. The popular selection from the local shop will replace Fortune’s current recipe for their house Bloody Mary. “We are excited about the opportunity,” said John Knotek, owner and President of Saratoga

Salsa & Spice Company. “This partnership, based on creating signature cocktails and dishes that utilize our products, presents a very unique opportunity for our Saratoga based business to expand our market reach. We look forward to writing another page of Saratoga Salsa & Spice history with Saratoga Casino and Raceway.” “We are always looking for

more ways to incorporate fresh, local products to our menu,” said Jennie Jurkiewicz, Director of Food and Beverage at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. “The local products we’ve already introduced have been very well received by our guests and we’re excited to be adding these two more to our menu in Fortunes.”

Gaffney’s Annual Cigar Night May 1 SARATOGA SPRINGS – Gaffney’s Restaurant (16 Caroline Street) invites cigar aficionados of any gender (ages 21 +) to its annual Cigar Night on Thursday, May 1. The hosts for the evening are Habana Cigar and Southern Wine and Spirits. You will receive a special hand-rolled cigar, complimentary bourbon

tastings of popular brands such as Jim Beam and Makers Mark along with Hors d’ouevres by Chef Myers. Drink specials on that evening include Bourbon Old Fashioned and Manhattans. Admission is $20 at the door. For more information, phone Gaffney’s at 587-7359.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Sweet Spring Parsnips

NOTE: This Saturday is the final indoor Saratoga Farmers’ Market at Lincoln Baths in Saratoga Spa State Park. The market will move outside to the pavilions at High Rock Park beginning Saturday, May 3. SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Farmers’ Market has lots of traditional vegetables: familiar crowd-pleasers like lettuce and potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes. Look closely, however, and you’ll find the market is also an excellent resource for delicious varieties of less well-known produce, including rutabaga, many varieties of turnips, kohlrabi, and the subject of this week’s article: parsnips. Do you cook with parsnips? Perhaps you’ve seen them in the store, usually in bags near the carrots, and passed them over while reaching for their more

vividly colored cousin. Parsnips are related to carrots, celery, chervil, fennel and parsley. We eat the parsnip’s cream-colored root that grows in the ground. Parsnips have a sweet taste, and actually grow sweeter when the fall crop is left to winter over in the ground. Pleasant Valley Farm, a large produce vendor at the market, just dug its crop of parsnips in the past few weeks. “This time of the year is a transitional season, as we continue to enjoy the winter crops, dig some crops that benefit from being wintered over in the ground like parsnips and leeks, and also welcome the rapid growth of new greens for spring,” comments Paul Arnold, of Pleasant Valley Farm, which he farms in Argyle with his wife, Sandy and their grown children, Kim and Robert. Pleasant Valley Farm dug over 600 pounds of parsnips in early April and the parsnips will be sold during the spring farmers’ markets. “They are stored in our root cellar and usually last us until about the end of May.” “Parsnips are unbelievably sweet at this time of year, and are a favorite in our family,” notes Sandy Arnold. “We like to serve them baked or roasted with butter, but they are very flexible and can be added to many roasts, soups, and stews. To use them in

Spring Split Pea Soup with Parsnips * - Items available at the Farmers’ Market 2 large parsnips*, diced to 1/2 inch cubes 1 large carrot*, diced to 1/2 inch cubes 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 large onion*, chopped 1 lb. dried green split peas 1 tsp. dried thyme 1 bay leaf 6 cups vegetable stock or water Salt and pepper to taste Optional: ham bone* or 1 tsp. liquid smoke (only if vegetable stock or water used) Place all ingredients in large soup pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for one hour or until all vegetables and split peas are tender. Remove bay leaf. To give your soup a smooth foundation, either use an immersion blender to puree a small portion of the soup, or transfer a few cups into a blender or food processor and then return smooth puree to soup pot. Be sure to taste your soup before adding salt. You may not need any if you have used a ham bone or if your stock has salt already added to it. NOTE: Liquid smoke will give a vegetarian version of this soup a hearty flavor, or you can inquire of the market’s pork vendors what they may have available for ham bones.

a recipe, we just scrub them with a vegetable brush and cut into pieces. No need to peel!” Parsnips are also delicious when pureed and served underneath a main entrée, or when cubed and combined with carrots and turnips, tossed in olive oil and roasted on a baking sheet. Unlike carrots, which many people enjoy crunching on when they are raw, parsnips have a more fibrous texture, so most chefs prefer to cook them before serving. With their sweet flavor and soft texture when cooked, parsnips are a pleasing vegetable to add to soups, such as split pea soup and curry dishes. This week at the market, pick up some parsnips and experiment a little in your kitchen.



Christine Wade Coming to Barnes & Nobel Christine Wade will be appearing for a reading/Q&A/signing at Barnes & Nobel at 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Spring Antique Appraisal Show Join the Malta Community Center for a fun and informative event featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques as he educates on the world of antiques and performs appraisals. This special event will take place on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission for Malta residents with one appraisal item is $15/non-residents, $17. General admission for Malta Residents is $2/non-residents, $3. Don’t wait as space is limited. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information. Old Friends At Cabin Creek: Silent Auction Old Friends at Cabin Creek is holding its 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Silent Auction Saturday, May 3 from 4-8 p.m. Dinner reservations are suggested due to limited seating. Contact host Siro’s Trattoria for more information. A silent auction of one-of-a-kind items will be held, as well as a 50/50 raffle. 100 percent of proceeds from the auction and 50/50 go to the care and feeding of the retired thoroughbreds of Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Visit www. for more information. Violins, Voices and Vino Benefitting musicians of the award winning Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra, “Violins, Voices and Vino: An Afternoon of Music with the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra and Guests” will include those who hope to represent the United States at a Festival of Youth Orchestras in Florence, Italy this July. Conductor Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi and the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra will

LOCAL BRIEFS perform with special guests Tenor Angelo Mazzone, Sopranos Catherine Mazzone and Giselle Bellas for a delightful afternoon of music, delicious food, tempting desserts and sparkling wines. The event is May 4 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Admission is $85. For tickets and more info call (518) 573-2403 or (518) 253-4270, or purchase online at

available at the door. For further information, call (518) 796-4648. ‘Mindfulness for Busy People’

The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 Breakfast Buffet will be Sunday, May 4 from 8:30-11 a.m. An $8 donation for adults is requested. Seniors and military, $7. Children 5-12, $6. Takeouts, $8.

The “Mindfulness for Busy People” class will run from May 8-29 from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn mindfulness techniques to make every moment of your day meaningful. Classes include guided meditations, teaching and discussion with Buddhist teacher Evelyn Williams on the second floor of 79 Beekman Street above the bicycle shop . Classes are self-contained; drop in any week. Everyone is welcome. The class fee is $10. For more information call (518) 290-0330 or visit www.

Swedish American Pancake Breakfast

Veteran’s Business Seminar Series

Enjoy a hearty and tasty breakfast Sunday May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burnt Hills Fire Department, 811 State Route 50, Ballston Lake. Menu: Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, hot cakes with maple syrup, breakfast sausage, juice, coffee. Adults $6, children 5-12 years $3, children under 5 eat free. Take out is available. For more information call (518) 812-7520.

The Veteran’s Business Seminar Series presents “Cloud Computing: Making Sense of the Technology” on May 14. A continental breakfast will take place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Navy Operational Support Center on Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville. Whether you’re starting a business, own a business or want to expand, come and learn. The event is free to all veterans. Seating is limited and RSVPs must be in by May 9 to Amy Amoroso at aamoroso@albany. edu 518-380-5069

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Breakfast Buffet

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association The Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association will meet on Monday, May 5, at noon at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Route 9P), Saratoga Springs. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in or now live in Saratoga County. For membership information call (518) 587-5356. Adirondack Voices to Present Spring Concert GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Voices will hold their annual spring concert on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 54 Bay Street. The theme of this year’s concert is music of American poets, and it will include a variety pieces from a George Gershwin medley to musical settings of two Robert Frost poems, a Pete Seeger selection and Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy,” among others. Admission for the performance will be $10 per person. Tickets will be

LaSalle Institute Alumni Baseball Weekend The first annual LaSalle Institute Alumni Baseball Weekend will be May 17-18. Admission is $150 per player and $50 per guest. Aside from baseball games, the event will include mass and dinner. For more information and registration visit Tour of West Point The Friends of the NY State Military Museum, Saratoga Springs are sponsoring a day trip to the West Point Military Academy and Museum on Monday, May 19. A Yankee Trails chartered bus will leave the military museum on Lake Avenue at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $41 per person, which includes transportation and admission to the museum and Academy. Lunch not provided, gratuities are extra. For further info or reservations contact the

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 museum at 61 Lake Avenue, or call the gift store at (518) 2260490, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists and Finance Workshop “Financial Strategies 101 & Making the Most of Your Money” will take place Wednesday, May 21 from 6:307:30 p.m. in the Crandall Room at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls. This workshop is free, but limited to 10 participants. Register with the Lake George Arts Project by calling (518) 668-2616. Call for Artisans and Crafters! The Whipple City Festival committee invites local artisans—potters, jewelers, quilters, leather workers, paper makers, cheese makers, stone carvers, basket makers, silversmiths, jewelers, painters, photographers and the like to join Greenwich’s vibrant summer street festival in selling their handmade art and wares in a traditional style Artisans Market . The family friendly Whipple City Festival will take place June 13 and 14. The Artisans Market will be held Saturday June 14 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Mowry Park, in the village of Greenwich. If you would like to be a part of the festival contact the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce at (518) 692-7979 or Farmers’ Market Accepting Vendor Applications The Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications for vendors for the 2014 season. This year’s market will take place in Wiswall Park in downtown Ballston Spa from June 12 to October 18. The market will once again take place twice a week, Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.– noon. All products sold must be grown, raised or created by the vendor. No resale items or fundraisers. For an application email farmersmarket@ballston. org or call (518) 885-2559. Youth Center Seeking Junior Mentors The Youth Center is seeking Volunteer Junior Mentors (grades

nine through 12) to work with the tween program. Some of these volunteer positions may grow into summer jobs. All volunteers will be required to complete a training course that is currently under development. Training is tentatively planned to begin in March. Contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100 and leave your contact information and the best time to call you. Seeking Grant Applicants The Karen & Gary Dake Foundation for Children has announced their pledge to issue over $30,000 in grants for local children with disabilities in 2014. Members of the community who know or provide care for a child or children with disabilities are encouraged to apply for funding on their behalf. Applicants/providers should reside within a 50-mile radius of Saratoga Springs. Applications and additional instructions for funding are available on the Foundation’s website at www. or by calling the Foundation at (518) 226-0252. Substance Abuse Prevention Council Seeks Volunteer Speakers The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council is looking for volunteer speakers for its monthly Victim Impact Panel. The purpose of the panel is to put those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs face to face with those who have experienced this tragedy first hand. Speakers include: crash victims or their family members, first responders and others. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity please contact Robin Lyle at (518) 581-1230, ext. 3610 or robinlyle@ Office For Aging Seeking Volunteers The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Town of Greenfield and City of Saratoga Springs. This program helps many seniors remain independent in their own homes. A training/orientation is provided. Call Billie Joe or Denise at The Office for the Aging at (518) 363-4020 or (518) 884-4100.

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Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 Kids & Clay Open House

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 25 Celebrate Earth Week at Saratoga National Historical Park

Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater, Continuing through April 27 A series of events celebrating Earth Week continues from now until April 27. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a miniexhibit on “Forecasting Weather in the 18th Century” each day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In the same time slot, “Ranger Minutes” will show short videos on how weather affected the American Revolution. On Saturday from 6-8 p.m., the “Sunset Woodcock Walk” will start at the Visitor Center parking lot. On Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m., author Julia Lynam will give a lecture on her book, “Treasures at your Doorstep,” which is about National Parks in every state. For more information about this or other events call the Visitor Center at (518) 670-2985 or check our website at or our Facebook page at www.

Padraic Decker Performing at Putnam’s Saratoga Spa State Park, 24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs, 6-9 p.m. Putnam’s restaurant and bar is proud to present to you: Padraic Decker. Come grab a bite to eat off our new menu and enjoy some great music! For more information call (518) 226-4719.

Saturday, April 26 TREE TOGA! Festival The TREE TOGA! Arbor Day festival will be Saturday, April 26. Get your hands dirty and play your part to leave a lasting legacy of green and shade in Saratoga for generations to come. To sign up, fill out the volunteer form at www. Email questions to trees@

Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, 1-3 p.m. Meet the instructors, see samples of last year’s projects, refreshments, and drawing for one free week in Summer 2014. Info at (518) 5812529 or

Pizza & Wing Night Victory Mills Fire Department, 23 Pine St., Victory, 4–8 p.m. Eat in or carry out. Place your order at (518) 695-6623 after 2 p.m. Last call is at 7 p.m. Cheese pizza 12 cut, $11. Pizza with the works, 12 cut, $18. Toppings $2 each include sausage, pepperoni, peppers, onions, mushrooms and extra cheese. Wings with celery, carrots and blue cheese

Recruit NY: Open House Wilton Fire Department Station 2, 4323 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 1-4 p.m. The 2013 Statewide Open House will take place at the Wilton Fire Department Station 2 on April 26. The event will also take place at Station 1, 270 Ballard Road in Wilton, the following day on April 27 from 1-4 p.m. For more information on Saturday’s event call (518) 580-8605. For more information on Sunday’s event call (518) 584-1511.

Saratoga Film Forum Event The documentary “Women of ’69, Unboxed” is based on experiences at Skidmore College. It’s set for public screening at the Arts Center. Executive producer is Skidmore alum Liz Gallese, who will be on hand for discussion. For more information, go to, call (518) 584-FILM or email films@

TLG8 Party Fundraiser The Greater Schuylerville Youth Program will provide the eats for a village wide TLG8 (pronounced “tailgate”) Party at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville. The party is intended to help the Old Saratoga Athletic Association celebrate their Opening Day Ceremonies for the 2014 baseball/softball season. Food will be served buffet style starting at noon. $5 plates for kids 10 and under; $10 plates for those over 10 years of age. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for roof repairs on the Youth Center. Businesses/individuals interested

in contributing should contact the Youth Center at (518) 695-6100. There will be a hardball face contest too. For the latest details on our events, please visit the Facebook page greaterschuylervilleyouthprogram.

Washington County Fiber Tour The 22nd annual Washington County Fiber Tour takes place this year on April 26-27. The free explore-it-yourself tour of 15 farms and a fiber mill takes place rain or shine, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. See sheep, goats, alpacas, bunnies, baby animals, workshops, demonstrations and enjoy food samplings. For more information visit or contact Mary Pratt at elihufarm@ localnet.comor (518) 753-7838.

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet CVS Parking Lot, 12 South Central Avenue, Mechanicville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Unused, expired and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be accepted free and anonymously at the CVS in Mechanicville. Needles, sharps, syringes with needles, aerosols, or pressurized containers, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste or hydrogen peroxide will not be accepted. The Ballston Spa Police Department (30 Bath Street Ballston Spa), the NYS Public Safety Building (5 Municipal Plaza, State Route 146 Clifton Park) and the Saratoga Springs Police Department (Behind City Hall— Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs) will also collect for free.

HOPE Annual Walk for the Animals and National Kids and Pets Day Fountain in Congress Park, East Congress Street, 12:30 p.m. The Walk starts at the Fountain in Congress Park and goes to Palazzo Riggi. Free Photo of you and your dog, Refreshments and gifts for all! Prized awarded for Most Pledges Collected, Best Dressed Dog, Best Doggy Smile, Best Wagging Tail and more. $25 registration fee. For more information go to

Sunday, April 27 Monthly Indoor Craft and Garage Sale Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale takes place at Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club off Maple Avenue on Elks Lane. Admission is free, over 40 vendors, parking great, bargains galore, lunch, books, household items, camping equipment, summer items, clothing jewelry and party vendors can be found here. All proceeds go to our local charities. All markets are held the fourth Sunday of each month: next sale June 22. Tables are $15 for an 8-foot table. Call (518) 289-5470 for information.

Third Annual Autism Awareness Information Fair Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, noon to 3 p.m. The third annual Autism Information Fair at the Saratoga Springs City Center exhibitors include recreational programs, camps, technological apps for autism, school programs (pre-K through college) and therapeutic programs. Art exhibit, games, crafts and a bounce house will also be on site.

Sons of ITAM Breakfast Buffet Sons of ITAM Post 35, 247 Grand Avenue, 8-11 a.m. The breakfast buffet at Sons of ITAM Post 35 is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for kids under 5 years old. Order eggs and omelets, bacon, ham, sausage, pancakes, French toast, juices, danishes and more.

Tuesday, April 29 Raising Dough Fundraiser at West Side Stadium Café West Side Stadium Café, 112 Congress St, Saratoga Springs, 5-9 p.m. West Side Stadium Café will hold a “Raising Dough” fundraiser for Old Friends at Cabin Creek on Tuesday, April 29 from 5-9 p.m. A raffle will be held for a $50. gift certificate as well as a silent auction which will include a sterling silver mint julep cup designed by artisan Suzanne Blackinton Juaire. Donations from West Side Stadium and other local merchants will also be included in the silent auction. Twenty percent of food and beverage sales that evening will go to Old Friends at Cabin Creek. Donations to Old Friends at Cabin Creek are also gratefully accepted.


Upcoming Town Meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road (518) 885-8502 4/30: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 5/7: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. 5/13: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road (518) 893-7432 5/8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. 5/13: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 (518) 899-2818 4/28: Town Board, 6:30 p.m. 5/6: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road (518) 885-9220 5/7: Town Board, 7 p.m. 5/14: Planning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway (518) 587-3550 5/6: City Council, 7 p.m. 5/14: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville (518) 695-3644 5/12: Town Board, 7 p.m. 5/28: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street (518) 695-3881 5/14: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 881 N. Hudson Avenue Stillwater, NY 12170 (518) 664-6148 5/8: Town Board, 7 p.m. 5/12: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road (518) 587-1939 5/1: Town Board, 7 p.m. 5/21: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. 5/22: Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 5/20: Board of Supervisors, 4 p.m.

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26 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755; AdirondackFM@; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morn. Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694;

RELIGION Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; ballstoncenterarpchurch. org Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave., Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Bethesda Episcopal Church

Corinth United Methodist Church

41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m.

243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611; cliftonparkchurchofchrist. com Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church

Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville 664-5204 Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506, ccorpusc@nycap. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: MondayFriday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox— Christ the Savior

Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m.

349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:30 a.m.

Christian Restoration Ministries

First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m.

45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m.

Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-8361; Services: 10:30 a.m. worship 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St., Ballston Spa 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777; Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Friday 7:00 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center 893-7429

Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext., Malta 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­ Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: Noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs

584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church  466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101; Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 584-6122 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible

885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, a Rock City Falls 893-7680; Services: Sunday 8:30 am. Handicapped accessible. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon st-thomas-of-canterbury. org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;;

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa

Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs

587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. Preceded by 5:30 p.m. Oneg. Handicapped Accessible. Terra Nova Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 833-0504;

27 saratogaquestions@ Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. Childcare: 6 months–4 years and expanding Handicapped accessible. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr.; Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Patti Molik-Pastor Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555; Services, Nursery Care, and Religious Education: Sundays 10 a.m.; Youth Group: Sundays 11:30 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603; Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736; wiltonbaptist@;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.



Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

week of 4/25-5/1 friday, 4/25:

Street Corner Holler, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

2U - ultimate U2 tribute, 9 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003

Half Step, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060 Just Nate, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300 Driftwood, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022 Watchdog, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400 Steve Candlen, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359 Black Abbey, 8:30 pm @ Irish Times - 583.0003 Crispy Critters (5:30) / Street Talk, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 The Ideal Situation, 6:30 pm @ Paddock Lounge - 330.2426 Chris Dollard, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563 Betsy + The ByeGons, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771 Side Tracked, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253 Three Quarter North, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916 Dan Sherwin, 8:30 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875 Rich Ortiz, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery - 584.9463

Saving Atlantis, 10:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s - 745.1180 Groovestick, 7 pm @ Nanola -587.1300 18 Strings of Treble, 6:30 pm @ Paddock Lounge - 330.2426 Just Nate, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563 Charity’s Army Benefit Show 2pm-Midnight @ Putnam Den - 584.8066 Dan Sherwin, 8 pm @ Ravenswood - 371.8771 Crossfire, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253 Forthlin Road, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916 Karaoke, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail - 371.9875

sunday, 4/27:x, x pm Geoff Muldaur, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022 The Gibson Brothers, 7 pm @ Lillians - 581.1603 Brian Kaplan Trio, noon @ Nanola -587.1300 Jazz Brunch, 10 am @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

The Audiostars, 8 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

WILDWOODstock Benefit, noon @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

saturday, 4/26:x, x pm

monday, 4/28:x, x pm

Keith Pray Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue - 583.2582

Mike Passineau, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern - 871.1473

Ubuntu, 9 pm @ Bailey’s - 583.6060 Vivid, 9 pm @ Bentley’s - 899.4300 Pierre Bensusan, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena - 583.0022 Steve Candlen, 9 pm @ Cantina - 587.5577 The Donatellos, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400 Jazz Night, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106

Chris Carey/ Tim Wechgelaer, 7 pm @ One Caroline - 587.2026 Step Dance Lessons, 5:30 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

tuesday, 4/29:x, x pm

S P O T L I G H T When you are the reigning 2-time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Assn.) Artist of the Year and have local roots like the Gibson Brothers, their spotlight is automatic. Jeff Brisbin, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312

wednesday, 4/30:x, x pm Jeff Walton, 7 pm @ Maestros - 580.0312 Masters of Nostalgia, 9 pm @ One Caroline - 587.2026 Bobby Dick + Susie, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563 Karaoke, 9 pm @ The Mill - 899.5253 Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916

thursday, 5/1:x, x pm Al Bruno, 8 pm @ Seven Horse Pub - 581.0777 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Horseshoe Inn - 587.4909 Open Mic, 10 pm @ Circus Cafe’ - 583.1106 Justin Joyner, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359 Dead Ahead, 9 pm @ Nanola -587.1300

Rich Ortiz, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub - 583.9400

Rich Ortiz, 7:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge - 583.4563

Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s - 587.7359

Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass - 583.1916 Party for A Cause LLS Benefit, 6 pm @ Vapor - 792.8282


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Women of ’69, Unboxed,” a documentary film based on experience as a student at Skidmore College, will be presented in a special event by the Saratoga Film Forum on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. The executive producer of the film, Liz Roman Gallese, a Skidmore alumna, will be present to discuss the work. The film will be screened at the Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway. Refreshments are available. General admission is $7; $5 for Film Forum members and students. Some levels of membership include admission. New members, sponsors, volunteers and advertisers are always welcome. The film follows a group of women, college classmates, who

Special Presentation Saturday

were both electrified and pummeled by the turbulent surf of the ‘60s, look back, then ahead, as they turn 65, ruminate on their heartaches and triumphs and evaluate the “dowry” they’ll leave for future generations. If their parents were the Greatest Generation, perhaps this generation was the Loudest. They changed the world, at least in their fevered dreams, and the world changed them. For more information about the film, visit http://www. woman-69-unboxed. Gallese is an award-winning Internet publisher, author and journalist. Recently, she served as vice president and publisher of Catalyst, a global nonprofit committed to women’s advancement in management

and the professions, where she led the design and development of a new website and subsequent enhancements. Gallese has worked as a staff reporter and special writer for the Wall Street Journal and as a U.S. correspondent for Bloomberg News, and has written for leading consumer and business magazines. She is the author of “Women Like Us,” a look at the first class at the Harvard Business School to be 10 percent female. Also present will be Rev. Tom Davis, Skidmore’s longtime chaplain, Leslie Valk Benton ‘69 and Peter Barton, the film’s director and creative lead. For more information, visit, call (518) 584-FILM or email

Seventh Annual WILDWOODstock Benefit Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS— The Parting Glass Pub (40-42 Lake Avenue) will be the site of an all-day benefit for Wildwood Programs. A total of eight bands will be performing beginning at noon. Here is the band list and their scheduled set start times” Noon - Low ‘n Lonesome 1 p.m. - Holly & Evan 2 p.m. - Rusticator 3 p.m. - Chris Dukes Band 4 p.m. - Legendary Losers 5 p.m. - The Lucky Jukebox Brigade 6 p.m. - Erin Harkes 7 p.m. - Joe Nacco Band Wildwood Programs was created in 1967 when a group of parents found that their children did not fit neatly into existing programs. What began as a program for a handful of pre-school children has grown into an organization that provides comprehensive supports and services to well over 1,000 people and their families each year. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door and children 12 and younger are free. For more information, visit

Putnam Den - Saturday, April 26, 2:30 pm - ?? • $20 donation for music and food all day.

From “Women of ‘69, Unboxed” Photo provided




Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Devin Has Prime Primed For Prime Time! Big Derby Party Is Just The Kick-off

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY 2U Wants You Too Again!

Well, we can’t promise that the sax player in the middle’s going to show up, but the rest of the guys will… On Saturday night consider treating yourself to some incredibly authentic U2 music from the tribute 2U… these gents have made it to Irish Times (14 Phila Street) for a few years now and their unique treatment of U2’s signature sound makes this a standout. - Arthur Gonick

SARATOGA SPRINGS — I’ve always had a soft spot for the unsung hero – the people behind the scenes who do the work. Particularly in the hospitality industry, where good planning and a lot of hard work behind the scenes enables us to just show up and enjoy. One such example is Devin Sherin. She is one member of a big team that keeps Prime at Saratoga National humming, but a key one nonetheless. As marketing coordinator/sales assistant one of her duties is to program the music and entertainment calendar. Having had a background in booking venues and festivals in a previous life, I can assure you that this is often not the easy, fun task that it might seem to be. To paraphrase a quotation, heavy lies the head that keeps the calendar. But before one note is played, one song is cheered, indeed, long before an encore is called for, it is people like her, who set up a balanced schedule of favorites (Devin estimates she has a rotation of about 10 regular artists, plus larger bands for special events) that assure a quality experience. While I’m always happy if people check the gigs listings we compile each week (see page 28) there are a few venues in town that you can just show up and know that whatever entertainment is on the bill will be uniformly excellent. Just as you can expect to have a great meal each time at Prime, so can you count on the music as a key element in the overall atmosphere there. A 2012 graduate of SUNY Cortland, Devin began as a server at Prime almost three years ago. The chief operating officer offered her a job in the marketing department. At the time the restaurant manager was doing the music booking; I’m guessing he probably felt like human flypaper and gladly turned the calendar over to Devin. Her own music tastes tend to run toward acoustic songwriters, but she also enjoys the bigger bands particularly when it comes with planning a major event like the 70s party with the Audiostars or the White Party with Soul Session.

Photo by Devin Sherin keeps the big book full of great entertainment at Prime

For next weekend’s 140th Kentucky Derby, Devin and Prime are holding a hot hand, with a couple of great options to enjoy race day topped off with an after party with Gravity playing. And that’s just the beginning.

Look for a bunch of summer fun to come. And if you see Devin there, thank her for the work she does to make your good times better. For more information about all the offerings at Prime visit


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

“Tish! That’s French!”

Home Made Theater Holding Open Auditions for The Addams Family

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater (HMT) announces open auditions for their October production of a regional premiere of The Addams Family, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshal Brickman and Rick Elice, directed by Dawn Oesch, musical direction by Cyndi Merrill and choreographed by Johnny Martinez. Auditions will be held on Monday, May 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by call backs Tuesday evening at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. The cast consists of men and women ranging in age from 18 and up and one boy age 10-14. The weird and wonderfully

beloved Addams family created by cartoonist Charles Addams comes to devilish life in this bright and comically macabre new musical. Morticia and Gomez Addams want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering, the way they always have. But then there’s a change in plans. Their eldest child, Wednesday, has fallen in love with a strange boy, Lucas Beineke. To the Addams, strange is normal. Happy is sad. The Addams’ believe life revolves around death. To Morticia and Gomez’s own complexity, they invite Wednesday’s new boyfriend’s family to their home. Many strange things happen the night the Beinekes come to visit. Those auditioning should prepare a 16-bar excerpt from a song of their choice and bring their

own sheet music, as a pianist will be provided. Upbeat songs only – no ballads or a capella singing please. Selections from the show are allowed. Actors should wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes and bring a current photo and resume. Photos cannot be returned. Dance auditions will be at callbacks for all roles except Lurch. Production dates are weekends, October 10-26. Rehearsals begin in late August with a full schedule beginning September 2. Some July/August dates may be scheduled according to availability. No appointments are necessary for the audition. For a detailed flyer with character descriptions or questions about the audition, contact HMT at (518) 587-4427, or visit

Lights – Camera – Submissions! Seventh Annual Ballston Spa Film Festival Seeks Entries For August Event

BALLSTON SPA— The Ballston Spa International Film Festival (BSFF) is seeking short film entries for the Seventh annual, family-friendly festival to be held on the weekend of Aug. 1. Independent films ranging from 3 to15 minutes may be submitted for consideration. (Sorry, no music video type entries.) See for details. Awards and prizes are given in categories including Best of the Fest, Best New Film, Committee Choice, student films and several others. Previous years’ entries have been received from around the globe, the Capital District and Hollywood by both amateurs and professionals. Winners have gone on to receive other honors including nominations for distinguished awards. Films are judged by a panel of professionals in the film industry include people behind such films as Silence of the Lambs, Doc Hollywood and Star Trek: The Next Generation and Small Apartments. Entries may be submitted on DVD to play in a standard DVD player or must be a high quality download. Entry forms and entry fees are $5 students, $20 for non-students by April 30 and $25 by May 15. Download the application from the BSFF website. Past entries may be viewed on the website as well. For exclusive updates on the festival as well as other BSFF exclusive events, interested film enthusiasts can sign up for email notifications or follow the organization on Facebook or Twitter. The Ballston Spa International Film Festival is presented by the Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc. It is an independent not-for-profit corporation with the mission to promote an appreciation of films and filmmaking in the Ballston Spa and Greater Capital District communities of New York. They do this by presenting film festivals in which established, emerging and unknown filmmakers could display their films and by organizing public forums, discussions and workshops regarding films and filmmaking. They also present free classic films to the public through their on-going Monthly Classic Film Series. For information about the Ballston Spa Film Festival or regarding the contents of this news release, contact Festival Director Pamela Grandin at (518) 441-4236 or



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On April 11, Leslie F. Peltzer celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Woodlawn Commons in Saratoga Springs, where he lived for 11 years before moving to Clifton Park.


Wesley Community resident Ruth Knight celebrated her 105th birthday with family, friends and fellow residents at The Wesley Community on Wednesday, April 16. Pictured with Knight are (l-r) great granddaughter Samantha Knight, granddaughter Colleen Knight, great granddaughter Olivia Knight, grandson Peter Alden Knight Jr. and son Peter Alden Knight Sr.

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Rita Alonzo Named Rotary Club Senior Citizen of the Year SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named Rita Alonzo of Saratoga Springs its 2014 Senior Citizen of the Year, citing her tremendous volunteer contributions at numerous Saratoga organizations. Rita Alonzo’s local community involvement has included volunteering daily at the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga, running the OsteoBusters exercise classes for the Rita Alonzo (center) of Saratoga Springs receives the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club’s “Senior CitiSaratoga County Office zen of the Year” award from Sara Dallas (left) for the Aging, being a and Maria Heise, club president (right). tour guide for the NY “I will volunteer to help peoStatewide Senior Action Council conference, serving as a member ple as long as I feel healthy and of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory strong,” said Alonzo in accepting Committee, teaching for AARP the award. “My greatest reward is defensive driving courses, and vol- that by doing this I do not feel old.” “It’s an honor for the Rotary unteering at Raymond Watkins Housing. Previously while living Club to make this award each in Arizona, Alonzo was a group year, as there are so many dedihome volunteer with Alternatives cated seniors in our community in Mankind (AIM). Prior to her who improve the quality of life retirement, Alonzo worked as a in Saratoga,” said Rotarian Sara school bus driver for 36 years in Dallas, who chairs the club’s senior Arizona, Georgia, and New York. citizen award committee. Alonzo was nominated by Lois She has two sons, Steven Jr. and Richard, and a daughter, Karen, as Celeste, Executive Director of the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. well as two grandchildren.

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See puzzle solution on page 37 9 La __ Tar Pits 10 Show embarrassment 11 Done in, as a dragon 12 Old Finnish cent 13 Marsh plant 19 Belgian composer Jacques 21 Make aware 24 Evel on a bike 26 Stare unsubtly 27 Pimply condition 28 U.S./Canada’s __ Canals 29 Sch. whose mascot is Brutus Buckeye 30 “The Raven” poet 33 Furthermore 34 Wagger on the dog 35 Promos 38 401(k) kin, briefly

39 Apple product 40 Burial places 43 Surreptitious data-collecting computer program 46 Choose not to vote 48 Estrada of “CHiPs” 49 “Amen!” 50 Every September, say 51 Like milk on the floor 52 Modify 53 “We’re off __ the wizard ...” 56 Playwright Simon 57 Rowlands of “Gloria” 59 Ancient Andean 60 Fragrance 61 Part of a Broadway address 63 Hawaiian dish

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BSHS To Recognize School’s Best at Hall of Fame Ceremony BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee is hosting the 2014 induction ceremony on Saturday, April 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium. Recognizing the school’s finest and most accomplished student athletes, coaches and community contributors, this year’s class includes the following 10 inductees.

Jacqueline Cinella Class of 2007

A three-sport athlete in volleyball, indoor track and outdoor track, Jacqueline Cinella broke the 4x100 meter record in outdoor track in 2004 and broke the school record for the 400 meter hurdles in 2006 (she later broke her own record again). She was also a 2006 Section II Class AA Volleyball Team Champion team member. Cinella went on to compete in indoor and outdoor track at the University of Rochester, where she competed in the NCAA Division III championships and became a two time MVP for both indoor and outdoor.

Dennis Healy Class of 1991

Dennis Healy was a threesport athlete (football, basketball, baseball). He garnered First Team All-Foothills Council recognition in 1990-91 and was the 1990-91 Schenectady Gazette Offensive player of the Year. He was also selected as the Class B First Team quarterback that same season. In both baseball and basketball, he was a First Team Foothills All-Star his senior year. He earned a scholarship to George Washington University for baseball and went on to have a four year collegiate career there as a starting pitcher. He would go on to earn First Team ECAC Region honors and was once ranked 12th in the nation with a 2.25 ERA. He later became the Marist College baseball coach from 2005-09.

Addison Walkowiak Class of 2014

The five-year varsity diver was a Section II diving champion from 2008-12 and 2014. A

New York State high school diving qualifier and NYS diving champion, Addison Walkowiak was also a 2011-12 High School AllAmerican. Walkowiak is the BSHS record holder in the 200 freestyle relay team, as well as 6 dive and 11 dive events. A sectional swimmer in the 50 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, she was named the 2013 Times Union Most Outstanding Athlete for Swimming and Diving. Walkowiak is a four time AAU National Champion, seven time AAU All-American, five time Junior Olympic finalist and two time regional champion. The queen of the water received a full scholarship to Rutgers University.

legend. In 1982, he was the first ever NYS wrestling representative from BSHS after a first place finish in Section II. He finished in fourth place in the state tournament. Staulters was a three time Foothills Council Wrestling First Team AllStar and Section II First Team All-Star. He went on to wrestle at Fulton Montgomery Community College where he compiled a 68-5 record, was a two time NJCAA All-American, a 1984 NJCAA Champion and All-ACC Second Team All-Star. He also attended the University of North Carolina and went on to wrestle to a 35-6 record. Staulters is currently the JV wrestling coach at Ballston Spa.

Drew Patrick Fitzgerald Class of 2007

George Schermerhorn Class of 1970

A four sport athlete participating in outdoor track and field, soccer, basketball and indoor track, Drew Patrick Fitzgerald was a two time Section II pole vault champion, a two time outdoor track state qualifier, a 2004 and 2005 Junior Olympic Capital District Champion and member of the 2006 Section II Class AA basketball semifinal team. Fitzgerald went on to Bucknell University where he spent four years on the varsity track and field team. He was named the 2007-08 Rookie of the Year and was part of two Outdoor Patriot League Team Championships. He’s the record holder at Bucknell in the high jump (6’10 ¾), was named the 2008 Patriot League Field MVP, was a four time All-Patriot League Selection and was a two time Division I IC4A pole vault, high jump and heptathlon qualifier. He’s now the jumps coach at Division I Wagner College.

Gene Staulters Class of 1982

A three time Class B Sectional Champion, a two time Section II place finisher and an 89-15 overall record as a varsity wrestler—Gene Staulters is a Ballston Spa wrestling

George Schermerhorn earned seven varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He helped the 1969 BSHS team win the Colonial Council football championship and was named MVP. He was also the 1969-70 MVP for basketball and was the 1970 Sectional High Jump Champion and 4x200 Relay Champion. His accolades at BSHS helped earn him an athletic scholarship to Yankton College for football and track. He had a 1974 free agent try-out with the Dallas Cowboys as a punter and defensive back, after being a two time All Tri-State Conference team member in college. He went on to sign with the Madison Mustangs semipro team in 1974 and later became a teacher and coach at the high school and college levels for 37 years.

Joseph Benoit Class of 1976

Joseph Benoit was a football

and track star at BSHS, capturing a Colonial Council First Team AllStar selection in football and becoming the school record holder for the discus (164’8). He was a NYS Track and Field Championship qualifier for discus as well. Benoit went on to be a football All-American at Alfred University in 1979 and won multiple conference and state titles in both outdoor and indoor track in weight throw-discus throw. He’s the school record holder in weight throw and was a Division III Track and Field Champion qualifier from 1977-1979. He’s also an Alfred University Hall of Fame Inductee (1999). In 2013, he claimed the American record in the 15-pound weight throw for his age group (5559 years old).

Team All-Star in basketball in the Foothills Council. From 1987-91 she played basketball and softball in the military. Nowhitney dropped 52 points in her highest scoring basketball game and a was a two time MVP in softball. In college, she attended HVCC and SUNY Brockport, playing basketball and softball at both. At the time, she tied the record for most home runs at Brockport.

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Ronald Ravena Class of 1960

A three sport athlete and graduate of SUNY Brockport, Ron Ravena made a name for himself as a coach. He was the Ballston Spa football coach for 21 seasons. In 1978, his Colonial Council Football Council Champions went undefeated. He also coached baseball at BSHS for 24 years and led the team to a 1973 Class B Sectional Championship. The program also won three straight Foothills Council Baseball Championships form 1983-85. Ravena was the Director of Recreation for the village of Ballston Spa from 197383 and served on the Section II Football and Baseball Committees for 15 years.

Lisa Nowhitney Class of 1981

Lisa Nowhitney was a nine time letter winner in field hockey, basketball and volleyball. She was a member of the 1977-78 and 197879 Colonial Council Volleyball Championship team and was part of the 1979-80 Co-Foothills Championship team. The 1979-80 team went on to win the Section II Class B championship with a 20-3 record. Nowhitney was a First

Bert Grandin was instrumental as a school board member, with the installation of a running track and football scoreboard and expanding the seating at the football field. The 30-plus year football announcer moved to Ballston Spa in 1972, was elected to the Ballston Spa School Board within a year of moving to and later was named president of the BSCSD School Bard. He built a homemade clock for the varsity football games and became known as the “Voice of Ballston Football,” most famous for the phrase “First down Baaalllllsssttttooonnnnn” He was also elected for two terms as mayor of Ballston Spa.


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

Community Sports Bulletin Bowling-For-Scholars/Gutterball Bash Set For May 10 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar (SSAS) will hold its 6th annual Bowling-ForScholars/Gutterball Bash event at the Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 10. Bowling will be half-price all day, with all proceeds generously donated to SSAS by the Saratoga Strike Zone. The Gutterball Bash cocktail party, featuring music by FreePlay, food from Hattie’s Restaurant, cash bar and a silent auction, will follow the bowling at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $50 for Saratoga Springs City School

District employees. All proceeds benefit SSAS. Hattie’s Restaurant donates the food for the event and the Strike Zone donates the bowling facility. The Media Sponsors that recognize the major donors and promote the event are Look TV, 101.3-The Jockey and Saratoga Today. “This program depends on the success of this event,” said volunteer Executive Director Jim LaVigne. “This is our only fundraising event each year and we have received tremendous support from the community. It’s a great family fun day and one of the best cocktail parties in Saratoga. If you haven’t come before, join us this year. We need

Saratoga Sports Website Launched

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Saratoga County Sports Commission launched their new website, “Discover Saratoga Sports will become the one-stop source for everything needed to host a successful sports tournament or special event in Saratoga County,” said President of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau Todd Garofano. “Supported by our newly formed Sports

Send your sports stories or briefs to Brian Cremo, Sports Editor at brian@saratoga

Commission, the Bureau will facilitate the entire process between client and planner, much like we do for the meetings and convention and destination wedding market”. With input from the Bureau staff, Simpson Square, a web design and brand development firm based in Greenwich, created the new web vsite. In addition to designing and developing, Simpson Square provides search engine optimization and ongoing web support for the bureau’s other website properties, including and For more information, contact Heather McElhiney, Director– Group Tour, Sports & Convention Sales at the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau.

your support.” Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar, (SSAS), is a six-year-old nonprofit organization formed by a dedicated group of Saratoga Springs residents, Skidmore College, the Saratoga Springs High School and the Saratoga Mentoring Program. The organization’s purpose is to help fiscally disadvantaged, academically talented students succeed in high school and achieve their goal of attending college. The program provides tutoring and academic support, college preparation activities, mentoring and financial support during college. There are currently 54 students in the program. SSAS’s third class graduated from Saratoga

Springs High School in June of last year. All of the graduates in the first three years were accepted into college and three received full four-year scholarships. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend college. Of the 28 students currently enrolled in the high school part of the program, over 75 percent are on the honor roll or high honor roll. “The SSAS program works” LaVigne said. “It makes a

tremendous difference in the lives of these young people and helps them achieve their dream of attending college.” To learn more about SSAS and the Bowling-for-Scholars/ Gutterball Bash event, visit the website or contact LaVigne at jclavigne@ or (518) 587-2472. Tamara Valentine can also be reached at (518) 573-7096.

BkC Announces Outdoor Adventure Trip Battenkill Conservancy has announced the dates of its popular Outdoor Adventure Trip (OAT) program. The program is set to take place from August 11-14. A recipient of Stewart’s Holiday Match, the youth oriented program provides a fun and affordable hands on, water-focused outdoor educational experience for boys and girls aged 11-15 years old. Participants are introduced to water-safety skills, canoeing, fishing, river ecology, outdoor cooking skills and night sky identification. Exposing youth and their families to the watershed’s recreational and environmental opportunities promotes an active engagement in the river’s stewardship. This year

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BkC donated two full OAT scholarships to the Greenwich Youth Center. Chai Stark, the new director of the Center, is planning an essay contest about the Battenkill as a way to award the scholarships to deserving youth. OAT is limited to 14 participants

with registration fees kept intentionally low. Families interested in signing up their children or to learn more about the program can visit www.battenkillconservancy. org or email



Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014

A New Vision For Many Of Us

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY What do I mean by a new vision? Let’s face it; many of the people who follow my column are in the so called middle-aged time of their lives. Sometimes called a crisis, but it really isn’t. Or, is it? For example, many

retired people are looking for something different to do in their new way of life with their newly found freedom from old routine, such as learning new things that are related to athletics. Participation is on the rise in those individual sports like golf, tennis, and even those over50 programs, like basketball, softball and a fairly new game called pickle ball. Why? Not just for something to do, but for a purpose to be active and even competitive. What makes this new vision such a trend? There is a need for people, like me, who have the desire to stay active, and not just active, but also to have goals to succeed at a new thing, or even continue some of those extra things you did before retirement. This whole scenario is

good for all of us who are going through life’s little changes, or maybe not so little, that naturally occur with time. It’s a new beginning for many of us who are now in the autumn of our years, and if you’re like me, there’s excitement in the challenge. Athletic activity has become a new focus for people, and for the many who haven’t been so athletic before retirement. There has been an insurgence of lesson taking with the purpose to learn some new skills and become competitive. Sports like skiing, golf, pickle ball, tennis, bowling, basketball, or any other game that retirees are thinking of trying, have become part of a new daily routine. Here’s a big question. Do you have to have any, or some, athletic ability to play a sport? Now

Saratoga TODAY's Star Athlete

Chris Stedry Ballston Spa • Senior • Attack Chris Stedry racked up a season high four assists in Ballston Spa’s April 22 win against Guilderland. He also had two goals in the 12-5 away victory, which

came three days after the Scotties handed Schenectady a 15-3 loss on the road. The 6-foot-1-inch, 265pound junior has 16 goals and 27 points on the season, putting him in second place on the team behind senior Coltin Moseman (17 goals, 14 assists, 31 points).

After starting the season 0-2, the Scotties rattled off five wins in their last six games, heading into Thursday, to improve to 5-3, and Stedry’s consistency has been a big part of that. The big man has had two points in all but one game so far this year.

that depends on the individual. Do you want to be as good as you think is necessary to be that scratch golfer or expert skier, or do you just want some lessons to enjoy the experience for fun? Does it matter? I believe that all of us have some athletic talent, and yes there are those with a limited athletic gene, but it doesn’t matter, at least it shouldn’t. If you want to enjoy playing a sport, just do it! Sound familiar? Being involved with athletics is a means of entertainment, both as a viewer and as a participant. If you become a participant, and you have nothing to prove, then it’s time to enjoy a new venture in a sport. There are so many pluses with playing sports: physically, mentally, emotionally, along with the joy of achievement and not to mention the development of a

new social experience. Finally, if you want to try a sport and you would like to have some success and enjoyment, then I recommend you take some lessons. That might help relieve some of the frustration when learning something new and athletic. I hope I hear myself because it’s time for me to take some lessons in golf. I have played off and on for years. I have hit the ball a country mile, and at times a couple of feet. One time I was able to break 80. My scores basically hook and slice into the mid to high 90s, and every spring I threaten to take some lessons. So far, I have never done that. It’s good to have a new vision in life, like golf lessons for me, because one can never stop learning. It’s what keeps us young!

Dottie Pepper to Appear at Annual Golf Classic

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau’s 2014 Golf Classic is being held at Saratoga National Golf Club on Wednesday, May 21, starting at 10 a.m. The entire event is open to Bureau members, potential members, meeting and event planners, sporting event organizers and friends. Special Reception Guest Speaker is Saratoga’s own LPGA Champion and ESPN analyst Dottie Pepper. This year’s golf tournament will benefit the mission of the Bureau’s newly-formed Saratoga County Sports Commission and will feature several interactive sporting opportunities. The day begins with registration, interactive sports demos and a lunch expo from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., a shotgun tee-off at 1 p.m., and concludes with a 6 p.m. reception featuring awards and

a silent auction. Attendees can chose to join for the day at $175 per golfer ($700 per foursome), or for $50 per person for the reception only. The tournament will proceed rain or shine unless the course is closed. The golf format is a four person scramble, including 18 holes of golf, a cart with GPS system, use of practice facilities, post tournament reception, awards and prizes. The winning foursome will receive a day in the SCTB box at the Saratoga Race Course. The Golf’s Lunch Expo includes lunch offerings by Ben & Jerry’s, Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn, Esperanto, Javier’s, Mingle on the Avenue and Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club. “Our unique lunch format, the beauty and challenge of Saratoga National Golf Course, all of the added sports-themed demos and exhibits and now having Saratoga’s own golf legend Dottie Pepper as our special guest speaker for the evening reception really makes this tournament the highlight of the season and one of the best values all year long,” said President of the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau Todd Garofano. Spaces fill quickly and are reserved on a first come first serve basis. To register for the annual golf classic online, go to or to request a printed invitation, call the Bureau at (518) 584-1531.


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Fish Creek Will Host First Ever 10-Lane Course

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anticipates 1,350 men’s and women’s boats to compete at the mouth of Fish Creek this weekend in the three-day event from Friday to Sunday. “Normally there’s six lanes, so 10 lanes of racing coming down with twice as much action—it’s one of those things, in a six-boat race, the top two boats that are fast can leave everybody behind,” said Chase, who noted that the exciting change allows more boats on the water without using another day. “In a 10 boat race, you’re going to have multiple races going on in the same race. You might have the race of your life in seventh place because the eighth place boat has the same speed as you and you’re fighting. I think that’s cool for the athletes to sink their teeth to you.” In 2012, the Invitational went from a two-day event to three days. But Chase doesn’t see the event ever adding a fourth. Part of the reason is so kids don’t have to miss school. Friday’s races are already set up just for athletes who row singles or doubles, so teams don’t have to leave school. “I’m pretty sure we’re about at capacity,” Chase said. “When I figured out how many we could conceivably take it was around 1,500.” Three years ago, the Invitational had 900 boats on the water. Last year it was about 1,200. As the event continues to grow, there are numerous teams from the Northeast (Massachusetts,

Rhode Island, Delaware, New Jersey) that continue to make the trip to Saratoga Springs to compete against “the other monsters of the Northeast.” This year there is also a team from Cleveland that made the journey, in addition to the Canadian National team (E.L. Crossley, Ontario) that has won that title for 14 years straight. The Essex Rowing Club (Massachusetts) is bringing 234 athletes alone. That’s not to forget the local teams that help make up the over 1,000 rowers in the 30-mile stretch from Albany to Saratoga who will be representing upstate New York. Shenendehowa, Stillwater, Burnt Hills, Shaker, Albany, Albany Academy, Ballston Spa, Niskayuna and Ballston Spa are amongst the schools that will be represented this weekend. “The biggest benefit that this regatta gives to people is that it’s early in the season and it’s unlimited entries,” Chase said. “You can do anything you want. It’s not like a championship regatta when you’re going to run one boat, you’re hoping to win that event and that’s what you do. With this event you can enter anything you can come up with just because it’s early and you want to know what you’ve got. You risk nothing against the best competition on the east coast. It’s just extra racing. I think this year, more than any other year in the past, the fact

Saratoga National LL To Play Game Under Lights SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Little League will host an inaugural night game under the lights at the West Side Major Field on Saturday. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. after a recognition ceremony that will be held to publicly acknowledge the generosity of several donors whose gifts made the installation of lights at the field possible. The inaugural game under the lights will be played immediately following the ceremony. The construction and installation of the lighting system at the West Side Major Field was made possible by the passion and commitment of many community members and corporate donors. Saratoga National Little League will recognize the efforts of everyone

in the community who made the dream a reality and dedicate the newly installed lighting system in memory of Christopher Chubb. Chubb was a lifelong youth sports enthusiast who passed away in November of 2007 at the age of 36. He spent most of his youth playing little league for the Saratoga Nationals and continued to be active with the organization up until his death. The Chubb name has been synonymous with youth sports in Saratoga for generations. Christopher’s father, Clayton Chubb Sr., previously served as president of the organization. The light dedication will allow the spirit and memory of Christopher Chubb to forever shine down on Saratoga National Little League ballplayers.

Boats take the water during last year’s Saratoga Invitational. Photo by Deborah Neary.

that we’re getting on the water so late, people are just cabin fever crazy and nobody really knows what they’ve got on their team right now. Rowing is a sport of rhythm and working together, and without being on the water, nobody really knows what they have. They’re going to be able to put it the test this weekend.” With the extended winter and ice on the water, the SRA had only been able to practice six times this year heading into Thursday. Usually at this time that number is in the 30s. In the midst of the high school competition of the Invitational, the Liberty League Championships will also take place on the water Sunday morning with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA DIII tournament. The Invitational will then pick up again at 10:30 a.m. The excitement of the kick-off to the spring regatta season starts

at 2 p.m. Friday. The last scheduled race is set for 4 p.m. Sunday. After this weekend’s Invitational, Saratoga Lake will again host the Section II and New York State meets in the respective following weekends. “If you want to measure the number of boats racing at the starting line, Saratoga is one of the single biggest regatta LOC’s, Local Organized Committees, in the country, bar none,” Chase said. “If you factor in that Saratoga is built for tourism—lot of hotel rooms,

dead flat water out on fish creek and a culture that knows part of our identity is that we host regattas—all things considered, we are blessed to have the things that we have to put on regattas.” To see a full schedule of the Saratoga Invitational, or to live stream the last 100 meters of the races this weekend, visit There are also a limited number of free passes for fisherman to launch at the south shore available at the Bait Shop.

Volume 9  •  Issue 16


Week of April 25 – May 1, 2014 Photo by Deborah Neary

Photo by See first ever Nationals game under the lights pg. 39


See SRA pg. 39

BSHS Hall of Fame Inductions This Saturday

(l-r) Addison Walkowiak, Gene Staulters and Jacqueline Cinella are three of this year’s 2014 Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame inductees who will be recognized Saturday, April 26. The 10 individuals who make up the 2014 class will be honored in the Ballston Spa High School auditorium from 3-5 p.m. for their success in high school athletics and beyond. Photos provided.

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